Yesterday I shared how my mom and I spent a day at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, California. That same day we also checked out another attraction just a short way away from there – Point Fermin Lighthouse.
Point Fermin Lighthouse History
Point Fermin Lighthouse was built in 1874. It was obviously built for the purpose of guiding boats into the San Pedro Bay. It operated until WWII when the lighthouses on the coast all went dark in order to prevent another attack like Pearl Harbor. The lighthouse was built The Stick Style, which is simpler, earlier version of Victorian architecture. The designer was Paul J. Pelz who also designed five other lighthouse within the same two year span; East Brother in San Francisco Bay and Hereford Light in New Jersey are the only other two still standing.
Point Fermin Lighthouse Visit
Visitors are allowed to come tour the Point Fermin Lighthouse. You can only go up into the lighthouse during a guided tour, which is scheduled a few times each day. Luckily my mom and I got there just in time to take the last tour of the day so we were able to walk through the floors of the home and up into the lighthouse tower where we could see a lovely view of the bay. The lighthouse tour is free with a request for donation.
Point Fermin House
The actual house consists of two different floors that effectively served as entirely separate homes from one another, with their own entrances and kitchens, etc. One floor was for the lighthouse keeper and his family. Fun fact: the first lighthouse keepers were actually women but that quickly changed. The other floor was the home of a second family living on the property although I can’t remember now what the job was of the man in that family.
The home is set up with period furniture and decor so that you can see what it would have looked like during the early nineteenth century when the lighthouse keepers lived there. There are a few displays of photos of the families that lived there and there is a room where you can actually see the light that used to be in the lighthouse when it was active. You can take pictures of the view from the tower room but you can’t take pictures throughout the rest of the house, which is why I don’t have any inside the home to share with you here.
Point Fermin Park
The Point Fermin Lighthouse is located on the grounds of a beautiful park called Point Fermin Park. We didn’t get a chance to look around too much because it was already late in the day when we got there but we did check out a few of the amazing large trees to be seen there.