Stonington Things to Do
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Upon Googling Stonington this lighthouse was the only thing that came up in the search! Really, this is a lake based town so a lighthouse makes sense. I'm a sucker for a lighthouse (maybe I've seen the original The Fog too many times), but I had to check it out. The park that the lighthouse is located in is pretty deep into Stonington and involves driving down a *very* long dirt single lane road through the woods. It seemed pretty creepy on the drive, but once you get out of the forest there is a large shoreline, park and lighthouse.
The lighthouse is not astetically beautiful, but I had to see it anyway. The lighthouse is located in the Hiawatha National Forest picnic area. The lighthouse was built in 1866, but ceased to be of use in 1936 when the Minneapolis Shoal light was activated in Green Bay, but it remains open to the public to climb and view Lake Michigan.
The lighthouse didn't seem all that tall to me and I dutifully climbed to the top of it to check out the scenery. Too bad the day was so gray because the view would have been spectacular on a beautiful clear day. There were winding black iron steps going up to the top with small barred windows on each landing. Once at the top you can climb into the inside and then go through a door to the outter edge of the lighthouse.