As night descends over the Door Peninsula, the lamp shines at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. As its beam brightens the night sky, the voices of past keepers whisper in the dark, echoing their stories. For two weekend evenings, the Door County Historical Society invites guests to delight in the tales of the keepers through story, song, and poetry at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum for Twilight Tours, Tunes & Tales.
Join us on Friday and Saturday evenings September 30, October 1, 7, and 8 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, when the Northern Door Storytellers Guild will be in residence to share tales of the sea, and lighthouse lore, perform traditional music, and recite legends in verse. The Northern Door Storytellers Guild evolved from a storytelling class at The Clearing Folk School in 2007. “As a result of this class the Northern Storytellers Guild was formed with a mission to bring folk stories to the Door County community,” said Guild founder Lloyd Michalsen. “We are excited to continue the tradition of opening the lighthouse to guests after dark,” said Linda Faust, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Manager. “To offer this family friendly experience to our visitors is a real treat. The Storytellers are great fun and very talented.”
The lamp at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse was first lit 148 years ago on October 15, 1868, and has continued to serve as a navigational aid ever since. Manned as a residential lighthouse for 58 years, the three keepers who lived in the Milwaukee City cream-colored brick building were dedicated and diligent. “It was a rigorous life, without the benefit of modern conveniences and our tours recreate that life,” said Faust.
Peninsula State Park is home to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse on Shore Road; a park sticker is required for entry. Admission for the event is: adults, $7; students 13 – 18, $4; youth 6 – 12, $2; and children 5 and under are free. Warm clothing is recommended. For additional information about this and other programs of the Door County Historical Society, call (920) 421-2332.
The Door County Historical Society is a membership organization dedicated to keeping history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation and sharing of the heritage of Door County. The Society operates two interpretive sites: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.