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One of several Door County beacons, the lighthouse at Sherwood Point is a quaint and scenic structure on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

First lit in 1883 and automated a century later, it has a concrete foundation and otherwise brick construction. The light has a range of about 15 miles (24 km). Near Sturgeon Bay, the Sherwood Point light is one of two on opposite sides of a canal, built in the 1870s and 1880s between Lake Michigan and Green Bay to trim the travel time for ship navigation.

The property is owned and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. According to Terry Pepper, “Coast Guard crews continued to man the Sherwood Point station through the fall of 1983, when the light was the last on the Great Lakes to be automated. With the litharge which held the lens prisms in place found to be significantly deteriorated as a result of constant exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays and a lack of daily maintenance by full time keepers, the Fresnel lens was removed from the lantern on October 21, 2002 and replaced by a 300 mm acrylic optic. The historic Fourth Order lens was transported to the Door County Maritime Museum where it was restored by Coast Guard Lampist Jim Woodward, and can currently be seen on display.”

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