After leaving the Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark, we stumbled upon the town of Fairport Harbor. We didn’t have much time to explore the lakeside town, but I wanted to see the two lighthouses which reside in this quaint town. We took a quick stroll along the Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park boardwalk, snapped some photos of the beautiful Lake Erie shoreline and the two lighthouses. With Finnish heritage, a relaxing beach vibe, and the two wonderful lighthouses, I can’t wait to return to Fairport Harbor to explore more of this charming Ohio village!
Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse sits along Lake Erie, on the west breakwater, at the entry of the Grand River. Built in 1925 to replace the original Fairport Harbor Lighthouse (which now serves as a museum), the lighthouse exterior was constructed in Buffalo, New York and the interior was finished after the structure was placed along the breakwater of Lake Erie. After decades of use, sadly, the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse is no longer a beacon of light for the boaters of Lake Erie. It was bought by a private owner in 2011, and is currently being renovated into a vacation home. Visitors can walk along the breakwater to marvel the lighthouse from afar, but cannot tour the privately-owned lighthouse. Next time I visit Fairport Harbor, I would love to walk along the breakwater to photograph this beautiful historic Ohio landmark!
Fairport Harbor Lighthouse was originally built in 1825. After years of deterioration, the lighthouse was rebuilt in 1871, to stand at sixty-feet tall. In 1925, the lighthouse was discontinued, and replaced by the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse. The Fairport Harbor Historical Society founded the museum in 1945, and now welcomes visitors to explore Ohio’s maritime past.
I would love to visit Fairport Harbor again to explore the lighthouses, Finnish Heritage Museum, and the local restaurants and shops of this lakeside town. Although we didn’t have much time to explore Fairport Harbor, I still wanted to share this charming village and encourage others to explore more of Ohio!
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