Our Majestic Lighthouse
Hundreds of thousands of guests visit St. Joe every year to shop, lounge on Silver Beach, and take pictures of our iconic lighthouse.
The St. Joseph Historic Lighthouse and catwalk, located on the city's North Pier, was erected at the mouth of the St. Joseph River in 1832. In 1859, a replacement lighthouse was built on the bluff. The tower and beacon were constructed first. The keeper's house was built around it later. That beacon was replaced by range lights after the north and south piers were built in 1907 and 1919, respectively. St. Joseph and Grand Haven boast the only remaining two-pier range light systems with both towers and catwalks intact.
In 1938, the U.S. Coast Guard assumed responsibilities for navigation warnings signals and marine safety, absorbing the lighthouse services. The original St. Joseph lighthouse with tower and beacon was torn down in 1955. The current lighthouse replica was constructed later on the North Pier. Both the North Pier and the South Pier, which house the range lights, are publicly accessible.
St. Joseph Lighthouse Passport Center
Located inside our store is the St. Joe Lighthouse Passport Center, which welcomes visitors with a passport issued by the U.S. Lighthouse Society to get a stamp of the St. Joe lights to commemorate their travels. Don't have a passport? The Candlestick Maker offers those as well.
Lighthouse Forever Fund
The Candlestick Maker is a proud contributor to the Lighthouse Forever Fund that collected donations and managed a significant restoration of the Lighthouse, which was completed in the spring of 2016.
St. Joseph Lighthouse on Facebook
Be sure to follow the St. Joseph Lighthouse page on Facebook. A community page to share images, history and details of the beloved St. Joseph Lighthouse.
Lighthouse Prints & Collectables
Because of this love of our lighthouse, shoppers are always looking for items with a depiction of the lighthouse. The Candlestick Maker has a wide variety of framed photos, photos on canvas, watercolors, ornaments, necklaces, figures, magnets, pins, and other items with the image of the lighthouse. Below is just a sample of the images we have available of the St. Joe lighthouse for large canvas wall prints, as well as smaller framed versions. Purchased items watermark free.
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