Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Yesterday we began our Fort Gratiot Lighthouse interpretive planning project with a site visit and tour of the several buildings in the complex, and of course, the lighthouse itself. Other buildings on site include the keeper's houses, foghorn building and coast guard crew quarters. All the buildings and grounds were just recently transfered from Coast Guard ownership over to St. Clair County Parks. The Coast Guard built a new complex and headquarters next door to this site. Yesterday we also did a public meeting to get development ideas and interpretive needs and subjects from the community.
As you can see from the photo, this is a cold, cold, cold place in winter. I was totally impressed with the wealth of heritage sites/museums in Port Huron, MI, the location of the Fort Gratiot Light. Some serious Heritage Interpretation and Tourism when everything is fully developed and connected.