Two of Door County, Wisconsin’s most recognizable lighthouses — both built in 1869 — celebrate their 150th anniversaries in 2019: the Cana Island Lighthouse and the Ridges Range Lights. A community-wide celebration of the sesquicentennial of these two iconic sentinels of the Great Lakes will take place throughout 2019 in the town of Baileys Harbor, WI.
From 3pm-6pm on August 7, 2019, join us for a celebration commemorating Cana Island’s 150th anniversary. This event will feature speakers, the invited descendants of past lighthouse keepers, live music and refreshments.
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 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the hexagon-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. 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.