THIS YEAR MARKS a special anniversary for the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. In 1870, Cape Blanco Lighthouse was lit for the first time. Now, 150 years later, the nearly 60-foot tall beacon is the oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon coast.
To honor that achievement, the Cape Blanco Heritage Society is hosting a 150 Year Celebration on March 28. From 1 to 3 p.m., the lighthouse will be open for free tours, including opportunities to see the workroom and the upstairs lantern room where the second-order Fresnel lens resides.
The party includes music, cake, and refreshments. On display will be a new 1910 lighthouse model, with 150-year mementos and apparel available for sale. (541-253-7565)
Regular lighthouse tours are scheduled to begin in April and run through October. Tours are offered every day except Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The nearby historic Hughes House, a Victorian-era farmhouse, will also be open for tours May through September.