The Place

Explore a place where heritage is vividly preserved and Great Lakes maritime history is vibrantly conveyed. A place where a small contingent of staff and volunteers work passionately to share: 19th Century architecture, the rigorous details of daily life as a Lighthouse Keeper, indigenous people, shipwrecks and much more. The inspiration of "this place" begins as soon as you head west on Point Betsie Road.

On a bumpy track of broken tar, a sense of loneliness, duty, burden and blessing lingers for those who once manned Point Betsie Light Station. This stretch of road, leading to Point Betsie, remains natural and relatively barren, excluding a handful of private lake homes. For this, in part, we have The Nature Conservancy to thank with 200 acres in the preserve around Point Betsie. To this day, the sublime dune landscape harkens back to a desolate light station typical of young America.

Amid the busy season, this place has its share of beach-combing visitors. The banks are alive with cameras, hikers, kayakers and rock hounds. Efforts to preserve the dunes are thriving and many hands protect the natural habitat. In this place, there is a near perfect mix of two commodities: nature and public space. At the top of 34-steps leading to Point Betsie's tower, guests see an occasional jet ski or freighter chugging toward or through the Manitous. By and large, the contrast of history with 21st Century advancements means that for everyone there is serenity and cultural enrichment that satisfied the worn soul or the hungry mind.