Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse Centennial Celebration
Free event but State Park Discover Pass is required.
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!
The centennial celebration will coincide with the anniversary of the lighthouse’s first day of operation on June 30, 1919. According to an essay on historylink.org, 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.
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.
In a video on https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2016091033, the former Secretary of State of Washington Ralph Munro explained that the state acquired the land from the President Ronald Reagan administration in 1984 for $1, which helped to maintain the local site for generations to come.
The iconic Lime Kiln Lighthouse is open in summer for tours and Lime Kiln Point State Park is one of the best places in the world to see orca whales from the shoreline. A hydrophone speaker ashore allows visitors to listen for whales and other marine mammals at the park. Carpooling is recommended as parking space is limited or take a shuttle at a discounted rate $5 round-trip from Friday Harbor with San Juan Transit.
Photo credit: Dale Sitts