Legacy on the Lake event celebrates Marblehead Lighthouse’s 200th year

MARBLEHEAD – In 1821, the Marblehead Lighthouse was lit for the first time, beginning an unceasing journey as a lifesaving beacon that guides sailors away from the shore’s rocky dangers.

On Saturday, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources celebrated that long history by hosting “Legacy on the Lake,” a modern-day birthday party complete with cake, games, and music.

“It’s a celebration of its 200 years,” said Stephanie O’Grady, ODNR media and outreach specialist. “I’m hearing we’ll probably have 300 to 400 people here today.”

Susie Vance, ODNR assistant chief of Parks and Watercraft, said Marblehead Lighthouse State Park is one of the most visited parks in Ohio. It attracts visitors for its natural beauty and its connection to the past. The lighthouse epitomizes foundational elements of the ODNR, which focuses on preserving both natural resources and history.

Lighthouse offers access to history and nature

“Preserving history is important to the ODNR, and the lighthouse offers history and nature access,” Vance said. “Our hope is that Legacy on the Lake will be like a birthday party and will kick off the summer. We’ll have events here at the lighthouse all summer long. ”

Brendan Ellis, 6, and his sister Natalie Ellis, 8, were excited to meet Smokey Bear at the Marblehead Lighthouse on Saturday.  Brendan said Smokey gave him a frisbee, and Natalie said she liked Smokey because,

The event featured free lighthouse tours, carnival games, archery, cornhole, s’mores, cooking demonstrations, and food trucks. Touch-A-Truck experiences allowed kids to see ODNR vehicles including an electrofishing boat brought to the event by Fisheries Biologist Supervisor Eric Weimer.

Visitors could purchase merchandise from Ohio State Parks, including Ohio State Parks Passports which highlight information on every state park. The passports have been so popular that a fourth edition was published.

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