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150th Anniversary - Cana Island Lighthouse Photo

150th Anniversary - Cana Island Lighthouse

Wednesday, August 7

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Cana Island Lighthouse - built in 1869. A community-wide celebration of the sesquicentennial of the iconic sentinel of the Great Lakes will take place throughout 2019 in the town of Baileys Harbor.

On Wednesday, August 7th – National Lighthouse Day – the Door County Maritime Museum will recognize the 150th of the Cana Island Lighthouse from 3 to 6pm. The celebration will feature speakers, the invited descendants of past lighthouse keepers, live music and refreshments. The Baileys Harbor Community Association will commemorate the joint anniversary celebration with new banners throughout the downtown area, with images of the two lighthouses welcoming visitors all year long.

Cana Island is perhaps Door County’s most photographed lighthouse, celebrating 150 years of standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan in 2019. The light station grounds include a number of original buildings: the light tower, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976; the octagon-shaped oil house; the lighthouse keepers’ home; a period brick privy; and a wooden barn. When the lighthouse was originally constructed from Milwaukee cream city brick in 1869, it was the tallest brick structure in Door County. In the early 1900s, the brick was encased in protective steel cladding.

Cana Island is a unique little island that’s bounded by the waters of Lake Michigan on three sides. The buildings and grounds have been maintained by the Door County Maritime Museum for over 40 years, and are in the final stages of a four-phase restoration. Ride a haywagon over the causeway to explore the island, including the 89-foot-tall light tower, oil storage house and lighthouse keeper's home. The highlight of any Cana Island visit is climbing the 97 steps of the tower’s spiral staircase to reach the gallery deck, which delivers a sweeping view of Lake Michigan and the Door County peninsula.

For more details regarding the 2019 celebration events, please visit the following websites: