Annual Membership allows you to become an important and integral part of the continuing preservation and restoration of the Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum. We don’t charge admission, nor receive any outside sources of revenue. We are dependent upon our Museum store’s income, donations and your generous support. All board members and staff are volunteers operating under the auspices of the St. George Historical Society, which is a registered 501(c) 3 Non-Profit.
The Marshall Point Lighthouse and Keeper’s House were built in 1832. Lightening struck and destroyed the Keeper’s house in June of 1893. By November of 1895 the present structure had replaced the original home. The style is late 19th century Colonial Revival featuring a gambrel roof. In 1898 a fog alert bell and tower, a weather mast for displaying signal flags and telephone service were added by the U.S. Weather Bureau. A foghorn replaced the bell in 1969 and the bell tower was dismantled. The Light went from oil to electricity in 1935. Due to automation of the light in 1971, the last keeper left the Keeper’s house. The Coast Guard established a LORAN Station at Marshall Point, updating the interior for that purpose. By 1980 the LORAN equipment became obsolete and the Coast Guard boarded up the Keeper’s house, though they still maintained the Light.
The St. George Historical Society took responsibility for restoring the house under town auspices in 1986, negotiating a lease with the Coast Guard. Restoration began in 1988 and Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum opened to the public in 1990. Needing more space for exhibits and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Keeper’s house, a replica of the Summer Kitchen was erected. Federal legislation passed in 1998 allowing private ownership of lighthouses. The Town of St. George took ownership of the property. In 2018 construction began on the reproduction late 19th century Keeper’s Barn and Workshop. The volunteer board and staff maintain and operate the Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum for thousands of visitors each summer.
Your annual membership will guarantee the future of the Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum, its preservation and restoration as a National Landmark.