Mountain State Monday: Summersville Lighthouse

Happy Fall, everyone!  Yesterday marked the official start of my favorite season and I am so excited to see what it has in store for me this year.  In true fall fashion, the first full day of the season started off quite chilly and although I love the cold weather, I did not dress for it this morning.  Brrrr.  So for our Mountain State Monday, I’m going to take you back to warmer times — and the grand opening of the Summersville Lake Retreat Lighthouse!

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To celebrate West Virginia’s 150th Birthday, the Summersville Lake Retreat Lighthouse opened to the public on June 20, 2013.  It is West Virginia’s only lighthouse and stands 104 feet tall with a top elevation of 2,164 feet above sea level.  A steep 122 steps can take you to the top for a beautiful 360 degree view of Summersville Lake and surrounding areas.  Aside from being the only lighthouse in a land-locked state, what really makes the lighthouse unique is that it is made from a “damaged” wind turbine base from a nearby wind farm in Greenbrier County.

Jon and I visited the grand opening event on West Virginia Day back in June and I must say, the lighthouse and its views are really gorgeous!  On one side you have a view of the lake and on the other, you have Route 19 and farms.  It’s an odd combination, but for $7, it’s a cheap way to see an aerial view of the land and it’s a great stop for families.

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The lighthouse is still open daily through the end of October, so plan a trip today!  For more information on the Summersville Lake Retreat’s Lighthouse, visit http://summersvillelakeretreat.com/.

Until next time,
Sara (WV Travel Queen)

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