PI 365 – Lighthouse renovation and tours

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A project years in the making continues this spring at Presque Isle State Park; the renovation of the Presque Isle Lighthouse.

Mother Nature may not be cooperating but that’s not stopping our Scott Bremner from giving us a closer look in this week’s PI 365.

Mother Nature was able to do what financial and physical obstacles couldn’t; slow down the renovation of the Presque Isle Lighthouse. The goal is removing paint and dirt and preparing to build a ramp and porch so that the brickwork can begin.

Michael Sullivan of the PI Lighthouse tells us, “…what they’ve been doing is; they power washed the brick and they’re in the process now of, when it’s not raining here, of repointing the brick; they got the historically correct mortar to match.”

The idea is to blend modern standards with historical accuracy, creating a safe place that’s true to its time. And, time is something the project will need.

Sullivan says, “The entire restoration will take a number of years. We gotta get the outsides buttoned up. The grounds are redone, we got our gift shop and welcome center, then we’ll go inside and it will take a few years to get the inside done.”

The Presque Isle Lighthouse will open for the season Thursday, May 23rd and be open seven days a week in the summer.

Volunteers are still needed to learn the history of the lighthouse to conduct tours. 

For more information about the tours, call 814-833-3604. 

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