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Lens Exhibit Building

Step inside the white picket fence and take a trip back to 1887. Climb 203 steps to the top of the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. Tour the houses and buildings of one of the most authentic, complete and well preserved light stations in the country. Learn what life was like on a remote peninsula more than 120 years ago, and marvel at the courage of the lighthouse keepers and their families.

This tour will take you to the top of the lighthouse tower and into the surrounding houses and buildings where the lighthouse keepers lived and worked. You will see how the light station looked when it was built, and what it looks like now in its restored state as a National Historic Landmark. You will see different types of first order Fresnel lenses on display, including the original lens from this light station.

When it was built, the Light Station was an outpost of sophisticated technology in a remote part of the country where life was rough and primitive. The Fresnel lens, the use of kerosene, the incandescent oil vapor lamp, and the design of the lantern room and cupola were all state-of-the-art. The tour will compare and contrast the appearance and function of the light station in its early days with its currently restored state.

Take the tour at your own pace, using the links to navigate through the tour. If you would like to learn more after you've finished the tour, try the History or Education sections of our Web site.