Before the development of ports, mariners were guided by fires built on hilltops. Since raising the fire would improve the visibility, placing the fire on a platform became a practice that led to the development of the lighthouse. In antiquity, the lighthouse functioned more as an entrance marker to ports than as a warning signal for reefs and promontories, unlike many modern lighthouses.
The first lighthouse in America was the Boston Lighthouse, built in 1716 at Boston Harbor. In 1819, the fifteenth US Congress recognized the need for navigational aides along the Great Lakes and set aside $5,000 for construction of a light tower at the entrance to Sandusky Bay which became known as Marblehead Lighthouse.
The paintings below of Ohio Lighthouses were inspired by their structural beauty, historical value and backdrop of the water. The most popular lighthouses in Ohio are Marblehead Lighthouse and Put-In-Bay Lighthouse located on South Bass Island. Prints of lighthouses are a great way to decorate your home as well as serve as a wonderful vacation memory. Although the original lighthouse paintings have been sold, open edition prints are available through my printing partner Fine Art America.