Port Washington Historical Society


Visit Our Museums


1860 Light Station

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Port Washington’s lights have guided mariners traversing the oft-times treacherous waters of Lake Michigan to the safety of our harbor. In 1849, a light tower was erected on top the north bluff overlooking downtown. Re-built in 1860, our historic light station includes the lighthouse with lantern room atop the modified school house design and keeper’s living quarters. The highlight of every tour is the climb to the lantern room, featuring our replica 4th order Fresnel lens and fabulous views.


Exhibits at the 1860 Light Station

Book: The Light On The House At The Top Of The Stairs

Book: The Light On The House At The Top Of The Stairs

A newly release book authored by Pat Curtiss: The Light On The House At The Top Of The Stairs. Available now through the Port Washington Historical Society More...

About the 1860 Light Station

Saturday - 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
After Saturday August 8th the Light Station will do tours by appointment only. Please call 262 284-2406 to schedule your tour.
Adults - $5
Children 5 – 17 - $2
Children Under 4 - Free


All Port Washington Historical Society members receive free admission
Mailing Address:
  • Port Washington Historical Society
  • P.O. Box 491
  • Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone: 262-284-2406