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Providing Light for 100 Years (Sort of)

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Some like to describe the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse has having provided light for a 100 years. That is accurate as far as it goes.

There has been a lighthouse at this location for more than 100 years, but the current lighthouse wasn’t there for the first 46 years.

It was built in 1871 as a replacement for the original light that guided mariners into Fairport Harbor in Northeast Ohio.

The original lighthouse opened in 1825 and that time was one of just eight lighthouses on the Great Lakes.

That lighthouse also became a stop on the Underground Railroad as escaped slaves were held there before they could be smuggled aboard boats headed for Canada.

The construction of another light farther out in the harbor that began operations in 1925 would lead to the light being turned off at the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse.

The community would later rally to the cause of preserving the lighthouse and keeper’s home, converting both into a museum.

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