The Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse
The Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse, Inc., a non-profit 501(c) organization, was founded to support the restoration, preservation and maintenance of this historic landmark. Under a lease agreement, Benzie County owns the facility and "The Friends" manage Point Betsie.
At Point Betsie Lighthouse, our mission is to support Benzie County residents in the restoration and maintenance of the Point Betsie Lighthouse facility through advocacy, fundraising and volunteerism. Our goal is to promote related educational opportunities for the benefit of all, while maintaining the historical and environmental integrity of the site.
On the bright, sunny afternoon of August 5, 2014, a dedication ceremony was held for the newly completed Boat House. This new building was dedicated to the late Jim and Mollie Rogers, a prominent local couple who developed Chimney Corners Resort. The construction of this facility was made possible by an anonymous gift in honor of the Rogers family and brings new life to the Point Betsie campus, replacing the non-historic and dilapidated 1970s garage.
In February 2015, the Boat House received LEED Gold certification from the U. S. Green Building Council. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices, and Gold is the second highest of the LEED certification levels. The Boat House uses energy efficient practices such as geothermal heating, LED lighting, spray foam insulation, and low water usage fixtures. LEED certification was made possible by a restricted grant from the Dow Foundation.
Aside from the new gift shop and handicapped-accessible restrooms located in the Boat House, a new Museum Exhibit Room is also available to the public and is included in the price of the $5 tour ticket. The centerpiece of this room is the beautifully restored lighthouse motor launch, which is complemented by a spectacular mural of the Point Betsie landscape, based on a rare 1907 photograph taken from the water. The exhibits, professionally designed by Split Rock Studios, offer visitors a unique perspective of the historic roles of the men and women serving at the Lighthouse and Life Saving Station.