Who We Are

Friends and Partners

Working Together to Keep the Light Burning Bright

We all have passions in our lives – the things that motivate us to ultimately make a difference in this world. The Friends of the Fort Gratiot Light (FFGL) share a passion for the Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park and it has exhibited itself in many ways over the years. At first, the focus was financial to support restoration on the oldest lighthouse in Michigan, our own Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. Once that goal was met, the focus shifted to the other historic buildings and the grounds of the park. This created a growing opportunity for volunteers to fulfill their passion by continuing fundraising along with supplying physical labor and guidance in the restoration effort. This has recently led to the Equipment Building (current Port Huron Museum gift shop) being fully restored and a restored dining room, family room, parlor and kitchen in the Keeper’s Duplex.

The FFGL operates with the motto of “Donate What You Can, When You Can.” A donation of your time, talent or treasure to feed your passion is all that’s required to call yourself a member of the Friends of the Fort Gratiot Light – in other words, a Friend of the park.

Spend some time on our website to learn more about what we do and how you can be involved. 


The Fort Gratiot Light Station benefits from a partnership made up of several local community organizations in addition to the Friends of the Fort Gratiot Light:

  • Owner of the Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park, the St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) is dedicated to providing positive recreational opportunities for the citizens of St. Clair County and their guests.

  • The Port Huron Museum is a valued partner by providing tours, programming, operating the gift shop, interpretation of exhibits and assistance with restoration.

  • The Community Foundation holds the Fort Gratiot Light Station fund, an opportunity for friends, donors, businesses and the general public to support the long-term growth and success of the Fort Gratiot Light Station.