Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse Centennial Celebration
Lighthouse tours, live music & performances, silent auction & raffles, live art & crafts. Washington State Parks & Lighthouse experts, special Lighthouse Anniversary Wine label, and so much more!
Join us at Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse Centennial Celebration for lots of fun activities!
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Keynote speakers (USCG Captain, Parks Commissioner, San Juan Area Manager, Friday Harbor Mayor, Lighthouse Experts!)
5:00 p.m. onward - Lighthouse tours, music, and activities, additional presentations ongoing until sunset
Carpooling is encouraged as parking space is limited or take a shuttle at a discounted rate $5 round-trip from the high school parking lot with San Juan Transit. In addition, Pelindabe Lavender Farm and 57 West Side Road are offering additional parking. Look for signs. Free event, but State Park Discover Pass at $10 is required for parking.
The Centennial Celebration will coincide with the anniversary of the lighthouse’s first day of operation on June 30, 1919. It was the last major lighthouse built in Washington State. It was also the last Washington lighthouse to be connected to electricity. The lighthouse operated with an incandescent oil-vapor lamp until 1951, when it was replaced by a lens that used an electric light bulb and fully automated by 1962.
Both the lighthouse and state park are named after the lime kilns built in the area in the 1860s. Two buildings to accommodate the lighthouse’s keepers were erected during the construction of the original structure and are still in use by park rangers. A restored lime kiln is also located in the park.
Today, the lighthouse beacon flashes every 10 seconds, illuminating over 17 miles of sea, but Erin Corra, Founder/Executive Director of Friends of Lime Kiln Lighthouse Society (F.O.L.K.S.), said the site emits a call far beyond that; the park receives more than 350,000 visitors annually, from roughly 40 different countries.
Photo credit: Dale Sitts