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EXPLORE AMERICA: Heceta Head Light Keeper's House

Lightkeeper's cottage at Heceta Head on the Oregon coast

For anyone who has ever wondered how 19th-century lightkeepers once lived, here’s a chance to get an up-close look. Visitors can tour the Heceta Head Lighthouse that still casts beams some 21 miles out to sea, then walk down the path to the Keeper’s House, where lightkeepers and their families once lived. The Queen Anne-style house has been restored to its original splendor, and serves as an interpretive center by day and a bed-and-breakfast by night. Innkeepers tell captivating stories and point out details in the home’s architecture that relate to the daily lives of the families and their spirits that still roam the cliff-side home. Public tours are given from Memorial Day through October. At Christmas, visitors can tour the decorated house, hear local musicians play holiday tunes, and enjoy hot cider and homemade cookies. The B& B welcomes guests year-round. The keepers, both certified chefs, offer their overnight guests a seven-course gourmet breakfast as well as the latest news from “Rue and John,” permanent albeit somewhat evasive supernatural guests. The driveway turns west off Hwy 101, close to Mile Marker 178, which is about 12 miles north of Florence.

Heceta Head Light Keeper’s House is located at 92072 Hwy. 101 South, in Yachats, Oregon. Telephone (866) 547-3696. http://www.hecetalighthouse.com/

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