Calling all lighthouse and history fans

A nonprofit has formed to share the story of the Heceta Head Lightstation with all who wish to learn. (Courtesy photo)

Keepers of Heceta Head Lightstation (KHHL) is a newly formed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to Share the story of Heceta Head Lightstation and to support the preservation and enhancement of the structures and grounds so they are accessible to all. The founding board of KHHL consists of several community members from Yachats and Florence.

Michelle Korgan, the owner of Heceta Lighthouse B&B located in the Keeper’s House,  states, “The most fulfilling thing about this work is being able to share the story of life at Heceta with others. The entire first floor of the home consists of two beautifully kept parlors, two kitchens, and dining space which we designed as a living interpretive center, displaying a myriad of historic photographs and antiques. The home is enjoyed by B&B guests and dedicated to scheduled docent-led tours for the public so lightstation visitors can walk away knowing more about this rich history.”

Tours are given by trained volunteers and are free to the public.

The goal of KHHL is to keep the lightstation story alive and to preserve the structures and grounds so they are accessible to everyone. This means fundraising to support building upon the existing interpretive programming, making the buildings and grounds ADA accessible where possible, and more effectively preserving the records and artifacts of the lightstation.

The Heceta Head Lighthouse and Light Keeper’s home are circa 1894 and located on the central Oregon coast between the towns of Florence and Yachats. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the brightest light on the Oregon coast. It is said to be the most photographed lightstation in the United States.

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