Tawas Point Lighthouse keeper applications now available for 2018
TAWAS, Mich. —
If you've ever wanted to live inside a lighthouse, now might be your chance.
The Tawas Point Lighthouse keeper program offers people a free opportunity to stay inside in the lighthouse quarters for two weeks between May 16, 2018 and October 16, 2018.
The Lighthouse was built in 1876 and used for navigation by ships on Lake Huron until 2016.
Now it's open for tours from May to October.
From May to October, teams of two to four people can serve as lighthouse keepers.
"They get this awesome opportunity to stay here in the lighthouse for two weeks," said Hillary Pine, a historian for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which owns the Tawas Point Lighthouse.
She says they've done this lighthouse keeper program for eleven years and the response is overwhelming.
Last year there were 200 applicants for eleven available spots.
"Unfortunately, we do have to say no to a lot of really excited people, and I feel awful because I want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to stay here, but it is such a popular program,” said Pine.
In exchange for the free stay, the volunteers spend 35 hours each week as tour guides and clean the building.
"You're going to have to go up and down the tower every day, 85 stairs and clean the spider webs out of there," explained Pine.
She says the work is not too intense, and for most people the trade off of living in a lighthouse for two weeks is well worth it.
"Mostly it's 'I love it, it was amazing, I've already recommended it to my friends and family'," said Pine.
You can visit this link to apply for the program and learn more.