Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society
  The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society (THLPS) is an all volunteer nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve, restore and provide public outreach and access to the lighthouse. The organization has grown to 500 members.  THLPS owns the lighthouse and leases the original Toledo Lighthouse lens.  THLPS is proud of our accomplishments and our members.  Meetings are open to all.

    The original light at the Toledo Lighthouse, a 3 1/2 order Fresnel Lens made by Barbier and Bernard, is located at the lodge at Maumee Bay State Park and can be seen anytime. The lens has two bulls eyes and one clam shell.  The lit prisms and glass made the light visible up to sixteen miles.  The 3.5 order Fresnel lens is one of only three made.  The Toledo Lighthouse is one of a kind - very unique architecturally . 
  The Secretary of the Department of Interior approved the application for the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society (THLPS) to own the lighthouse.  On April 25, 2007, THLPS received the the deed and keys to the lighthouse.  We are all grateful to those that helped with this lengthy process.  

    The Toledo Lighthouse Society received two grants to assist with the Restoration Plans and Specifications.  Ohio D.N.R. through the Coastal Zone Management Program, provided a two year $48,000 grant for Duket Architects to prepare plans and specification for the lighthouse restoration project.  Also, the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund awarded $14,900 for this project.  The total cost of the project is $102,000.  The additional funding was provided from fundraising, memberships and a five year loan. 

    The restoration will cost an estimated $1.5 million.  Restoration Phase is the recipient of a  FHWA/ODOT $500,000 grant with a match of $138,000 required.  The 'My Lighthouse Window Capital Campaign' is underway.   The first phase of the Restoration includes windows, doors, shutters and tucking the brick.  Restoration Phase Two is for infrastructure and will include solar power, electrical, plumbing, a wastewater system,  and gray water treatment. Restoration Phase Three if for interior work and finishing.  Additional grants are being sought to complete restoration. 

    Once the restoration is complete, two couples will become 'Lighthouse Keepers' that will stay at the lighthouse for some number of days to allow visitors to see the lighthouse from May through October.  Members will be given preference to become 'Lighthouse Keepers' and then will be open to the public(through an  application process).

    A ramp, dock and lift received a grant from the Lake Erie Protection Fund(Marblehead License Plates), Art Iron provided the Platform, and the Toledo Lighthouse Society provided the rest.    The access project was completed in October 2008.  On April 9, 2009 all was well, On April 11 the dock and ramp were gone along with parts of the lift.  The ramp was recovered, the dock never was recovered.  A new dock and lift were installed by Meinke's in July 2011.  The dock and  parts of the lift will be brought on shore for the winter.  We hope to installthe ramp in 2013.

    In 2007 the Toledo Lighthouse Society won the Excellence Preservation Award from the Landmark's Preservation Council. 

    You can view the Toledo Lighthouse from the shores of Maumee Bay State Park through a viewer located on the walkway on the east side of the marina in front Of  the lodge near the marina.

    We hope that you will consider having a lighthouse window in your name, donating/joining the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society,   Our major annual event is the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Festival featuring boat rides around the lighthouse, island music, nautical arts and crafts, food, children's activities and a silent auction.   The Toledo Lighthouse Festival is July  12 & 13, 2014.   

MY TOLEDO LIGHTHOUSE WINDOW
Your very own Toledo Lighthouse window in your name - nearly 50% of the windows are 'sold'. Help restore the lighthouse and forever have a window in your name. There are north, east, south and west view windows on all the floors. Second floor windows are sold out and other 'floors' only have a few left.  Select a window soon. Email dhalloh@comcast.net for more information. For pricing etc. click here

BOATS TO TOUR INSIDE THE TOLEDO LIGHTHOUSE   
There are two tours annually to go around/in the lighthouse, weather permitting. These tours are during the festival - July 13 and 14, 2014.  For reservations call Judy at 419-360-2914.  There will also be tours during the Antique Boat Show August 23 and 24, 2014.  To tour the inside of the lighthouse you must be able to climb a rung ladder and sign a waiver of liability, wear secure shoes and  over sixteen. Also, boat trips that go around the lighthouse where you would not get off of the boat. The boats leave from the marina at Maumee Bay State Park.   
To be notified of tours please email dhalloh@comcast.net - and you will be placed on the Toledo Lighthouse Tour email notifiaction list.     There are 76 steps to the top of the lighthouse - three stories in the homelike part and three stories in the tower.  Tours are in small groups of 6 leaving from the marina at Maumee Bay State Park.  The tour and boat trip are about one hour.  Tours are weather dependent.  Canceled trips are posted on the web site.   
TOLEDO LIGHTHOUSE SOCIETY/MEMBERSHIP 
The Toledo Lighthouse Society is an all volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to restore, promote and educate about this wonderful Great Lakes historic lighthouse.  The organization meets monthly from January through October at the lodge at Maumee Bay State Park.  
To get updates about the lighthouse restoration and other Toledo lighthouse news, become part of the Toledo Lighthouse family by becoming a member. To become a member please click here. All members of the lighthouse are lighthouse owners who take great pride in being stewards for this historic structure. A membership 'perk' is that members will be offered the first opportunity to stay at the lighthouse when the restoration is complete. The order will be by member seniority.

Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society
Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Society, 1750 Park Rd. #2  Toledo, Ohio 43616  419-691-3788  Fax 419-691-2288  sandylakeerie@aol.com
  


Thank you to all who attended, volunteered or sponsored the Toledo Lighthouse 110 years Old
11th Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival.
Also thanks to all the artists & crafters who make the festival spefcial along with the food vendors, entrainers, sand castle makers and others... 
The 12th Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival will be July 11 & 12 at Maumee Bay State Park
Where you will have a great time by the lake on the beach...
Sponsors BP Huskey, Maumee Bay Lodge and more

Restoration Update: Once the lighthouse is restored there will be four 'Keepers' that will be there from May through September to provde tours to the public.  
ABOUT THE TOLEDO LIGHTHOUSE .. on a crib where Maumee Bay meets Lake Erie
 The Toledo Lighthouse is located about five miles off shore north of Maumee Bay State Park. The lighthouse marks the Toledo shipping channel where the waters of Lake Erie        
  meet the shallow waters of Maumee Bay.  The lighthouse can be seen from Maumee Bay State Park - there is a viewer near the marina to bring it up close.  The Romanesque 
  design lighthouse was completed May 23, 1904 and is architecturally unique with buff brick and a rolled edge steel roof. The lighthouse is 4000 sq. ft. and stands 64' high. Armour 
  was added to three sides of the base of the lighthouse in 1989 when the lighthouse was secured by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Click here for 'At the Toledo Lighthouse on 
  tornado Palm Sunday" by former Lighthouse Keeper Tim Mayer.  Click here for the Toledo Blade magazine story Click here for Toledo Blade editorial. ck here to add text.
Toledo Lighthouse meetings are usually on the last Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the lodge at Maumee Bay State Park...
The next Toledo Lighthouse Meeting is July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30.  Novemebr and December meetings combined for a Christmas Gathering.  All meetings are open to the public.
SAVE THE DATE.. AUGUST  13 at Toledo Yacht Club 4-7 - Register - Johhny Rodriguez -  Lighthouse Updates
TOLEDO LIGHTHOUSE RESTORATION FUDNRAISER           

PLEASE EMAIL 2014 FEST PICTURES AND LIGHTHOUSE PICTURE TO   sandylakeerie@aol.com