Sherwood Point Lighthouse Door County

Sherwood Point

Sherwood Point Lighthouse Door County is located in northeast Wisconsin on the western shores of Lake Michigan in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

The Lighthouse is one of my favorite lighthouses on the Door peninsula for the story behind it and for its uniqueness.

Where is Sherwood Point Lighthouse Located?

Location:Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (Door County)
Notes:The grounds are not open to the public. Viewing from the road only.
Address:E. Sherwood Point Road – Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
County:Door County
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Sherwood Point Light

Sherwood Point in Winter

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A Little History

The lighthouse was built in 1883 on top of a thirty-foot limestone bluff, named Sherwood Point, after the first settler and land-owner, Peter Sherwood. It was the last manned lighthouse on The Great Lakes.

After Sherwood’s death, the property was left to his wife.  At some point before his passing Peter Sherwood had sold off a few parcels of the land. The deed to the lighthouse land that the government wanted to build the lighthouse on could not be produced.

As this history story has been told many times there was a two-year struggle trying to find out who owned the land to get the deed from. Finally, the government condemned the land and just took it for the purpose of building the lighthouse.

The Red Brick Difference

One of the things that set the Sherwood Point Lighthouse apart from every other lighthouse on the Door County peninsula is the fact it was built using red brick, instead of cream-colored bricks. The bricks were shipped in from Detroit Michigan, instead of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sherwood Point From The Water

The Sherwood Point Lighthouse still stands today on top of Sherwood Point.  

It is a glorious lighthouse to view from the water in summer or ice in the winter.  Although it is not an active lighthouse, it most certainly holds a great history for the peninsula.

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