Catawba Island Union Chapel Museum


WHERE:  5258 E. Porter Street, Catawba, OH

The Catawba Island Historical Society's museum at Union Chapel will open on Saturday, May 8.  Open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month until mid-October.  Hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  There is no charge for admission.

Union Chapel was built in 1888 to serve as a non-denominational Sunday school for area children.  To preserve the structure, ownership was transferred to Catawba Island Township in the 1990s and now leases the building to the Historical Society.   Several of the displays woven into the museum's overall "Timeline of Catawba" theme have been refined and updated. A new exhibit has been added in 2021 to honor the three Catawba Island soldiers who died in combat while serving their Country.

Federal and State covid-19 guidelines will be followed (required masks and social distancing).



Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

WHERE:  110 Lighthouse Drive (off SR 163-Main Street), Marblehead, OH
419-734-4424, ext. 2
Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society website:

As of April 1, 2021, the State of Ohio has not yet determined whether the park will be open in 2021.  When a final decision is made, this information will be updated accordingly.

The park grounds will be available dusk until dawn year round. The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society offers tours of the Lighthouse, Keeper’s House and U.S. Lifesaving Station museums from noon until 4 pm daily, from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend.

In the Lighthouse visitors can climb the 77 steps to the top of the oldest lighthouse in continuous service on the Great Lakes. Built in 1821 it is reputed to be the most photographed building in Ohio.  The 1880 Keeper’s House contains a gift shop and museum exhibits covering the lighthouse history and history of Marblehead. The beautiful Fresnel lens used in the lighthouse from 1903 until the 1960’s is on display.  The U.S. Lifesaving Station Museum is a replica of the structure built in Marblehead in 1876. It contains exhibits on the U.S. Lifesaving Service and a fully-restored 1931 Coast Guard surf boat on a marine railway. The exhibits cover rescue techniques and equipment and describe the transition of the Lifesaving Service into the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915.

The park grounds offer picnic and fishing opportunities, adequate parking and a newly-completed public restroom facility. The cost to climb the lighthouse is $3 for adults, with children under 6 admitted free. All other facilities and buildings are free of charge.

More detailed information, photographs, maps and our online Gift Shop can be found on our website at You can also follow us on Facebook.

When open, Federal and State covid-19 guidelines will be followed (required masks and social distancing).



Port Clinton Lighthouse & Maritime Festival

When:  Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where:  Port Clinton Lighthouse, Waterworks Park, 205 E. Perry Street, Port Clinton

The Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy is moving forward with plans to hold its fourth annual lighthouse festival in 2021. Following a highly successful 2019 festival, the Conservancy was forced to cancel last summer's festival due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Now, with a large portion of Americans scheduled to be vaccinated by the summer, the Conservancy is hopeful that it will be able to hold the festival on its scheduled date of Saturday, August 21 at the Waterworks Park in Port Clinton.

Although a final determination on holding the festival will not be made until May, the Conservancy is moving ahead with some of the initial planning, to include the contacting of vendors, and is actively looking for volunteers to help with the event. If interested, please indicate how you would like to help in an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on the Port Clinton Lighthouse, visit