In historic fashion, society opens lighthouse for season

Apr 05, 2017
Courtesy of: the Mukilteo Historical Society Mukilteo Historical Society Director Margaret Summit and Treasurer Al Friedrich lead a celebration Saturday, April 1, marking the opening of the Mukilteo Lighthouse’s April-September season.

The sky brightened just in time for a festive celebration of the season opening of the Mukilteo Light Station on Saturday, April 1.

The noontime ceremony began with a trumpet fanfare played by Aaron Coe, followed by welcoming remarks from Mukilteo Historical Society (MHS) Director Margaret Summit, who dressed as Mary Fowler, the late wife of pioneer Jacob Fowler, one of Mukilteo’s founders.

Boy Scout Troop 189, led by Scoutmaster Lyle Rice, raised the American flag and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Scout Troop 189 participants included: Elijah McDowell, John Studley, Colin Scheil, Brandon Harkelroad, Colin Schoenstein, Connor Quinn, Noah Bradenberg, Jack Wyman, Jack Jordal, Ben Fulmer, Luke Brannan, Joel Brannan and Luc Lannertone.

MHS President Joanne Mulloy thanked the participants and introduced City Council President Bob Champion, who brought greetings from Mayor Jennifer Gregerson and the City.

Dressed as a lighthouse keeper, MHS Treasurer Al Friedrich welcomed the 2017 opening by providing historical background on the lighthouse and participated in the ribbon cutting to officially open it to the public. The celebration was punctuated by a ringing of the triangle on the grounds, which originally served as a signal to call firefighters.

The light station grounds are always accessible to visitors. The lighthouse – including access to the tower, historical exhibits and gift shop located in Quarters B – is open weekends and holidays from noon to 5 p.m. from April through September. For those unable to climb to the top of the lighthouse, there is an accessible interpretive center.

MHS volunteers serve as docents, gardeners and dedicated keepers of Mukilteo’s lighthouse. MHS President Mulloy noted that group tours for schools, organizations and families may be scheduled during the week.

Located on Front Street just west of the Mukilteo ferry dock, the light station property has become a popular tourist spot for photographers, painters, marriage proposals, weddings, receptions, commissioning ceremonies, and more.

To join the Historical Society or obtain further information about the lighthouse, call 425-513-9602, email info@mukilteohistorical.org, or visit www.mukilteohistorical.org.

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