My parents are both from Erie, PA so I’ve been there many times to see family. It wasn’t until recently though that I actually got to explore and see some of the places my mom enjoyed visiting as a child. On my last visit to her hometown mom took my sisters, my oldest son and I out for some adventure…
I love lighthouses and Erie has three! The Presque Isle North Pierhead Lighthouse is on a tiny peninsula and not much to look at, but we got up close to Erie’s Land Lighthouse and the Presque Isle Light and I was thrilled. The only other lighthouse I’ve seen is the Assateague Lighthouse so this was a real treat for me!
Erected in 1873, the Presque Isle light has and attached 2-story dwelling and is located on Presque Isle peninsula in the state park by the same name near Erie, PA. Since the dwelling is now lived in by park employees you’re encouraged to stay away from the building itself, but you can see it from the beautiful beach and you can take pictures just like I did!
Construction on the Erie Land Light began in 1818 and the light was first lit in 1867. No longer a working lighthouse the structure is made of sandstone and while not the fanciest of lighthouses it’s still a really cool thing to go see and read about and the city park it’s in makes a really nice place to stretch your legs. There’s a small river running through the property and it creates a couple of small rapids and falls that I found beautiful.