Preserving the Past. Lighting the Future.
In 2013, we successfully completed fundraising for Phase II of a three-pronged vision for the future of The Ridges. Phase II incorporated the construction of a LEED Certified nature center with interpretive exhibits, a comprehensive site plan for storm water management and a universally accessible boardwalk. Now with those capital projects at or nearing completion, we are ready to begin working on the third and final phase of our vision for the future, the restoration of a historic Door County landmark, the Upper Range Light, and its two outbuildings, the Oil House and Privy. Work on this iconic lighthouse is already under way with completion anticipated sometime in 2018.
Built in 1869 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, the Upper Range Light and its companion Lower Range Light are the only lighthouses of this design that are still on range and functional as navigational aids. The current project will restore it to the period between 1890 and 1923 when the longest serving light keeper, Henry Gattie, resided in the Upper Range Light. The total cost of the project is estimated at $487,000.
This season the Upper Range Light will be open to the public (see tour schedule below) so that visitors can learn about the restoration process and the fascinating history of the Lights and the people who called them home. We invite you to join us in this exciting project.
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2016 Range Light Tour Schedule
Open Friday-Monday, May 21 — October 22
Monday & Friday Tours: 10 AM, 10:30 AM, 11 AM, Noon, 12:30 PM, 1 PM, 1:30 PM & 2PM
Saturday & Sunday Tours: On the half hour beginning at 10 AM. Final tour at 2 PM.
Free – Members | $5 -Non-Members (included in day pass)