Keep on keeping on

Photo by Curt Peters of Digital Dunes Photography

The Heceta Lighthouse Interpretive Center staff have decided to labor on through September. Previously, tours of the Keepers’ Home were only available Memorial Weekend through Labor Day, but due to the popularity of viewing the interior of the 124-year-old assistant light keepers’ home and hearing the history from volunteer docents, management has decided to extend the season. The keeper’s home will be open to the public 11 am to 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays in September, with the exeption of September 15 and 29 due to the home being rented for wedding services.

Tours are free, but donations are gratefully accepted and will go towards the restoration of the home and the interpretive program. The current goal is to raise enough money to build the wings that originally existed on the north side of the duplex, making the building disabled-accessible and providing a guest room and bathroom on the first floor with a view of the lighthouse.

Interpretive programs at the lighthouse tower are managed by the State Parks and are available from 11 am to 3 pm daily yearround, dependent on weather and volunteer availability. For more information about the State Parks programs, call 541-547-3416. The Heceta Lighthouse Gift Shop will remain open daily in September from 11 am to 5 pm, and in October on weekends, weather permitting.

Parking for the Keepers’ Home, gift shop, and lighthouse viewing area is in the State Park parking lot at the Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint. It is a quarter-mile walk to the Keeper’s Home and gift shop, and another quarter-mile to the lighthouse tower. Parking is $5 per vehicle or free with an Oregon State Park Annual Pass or multi-agency Oregon Pacific Coast Passport. For more information, go to www.hecetalighthouse.com or call 866-547-3696.

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