Cedar Point Lighthouse
1 Cedar Point Drive (off U.S. 6), Sandusky
The lighthouse is owned by Cedar Point Amusement Park. This 38-ft lighthouse was built in 1862, pre-dating the start of Cedar Point Resort operations in 1870. It is the oldest permanent structure on the Cedar Point peninsula. It was used as an aid to navigation until 1909. The adjoining lighthouse keeper’s home is a fine example of native limestone construction. During the Civil War federal troops erected a battery adjacent to the lighthouse to guard the entrance to Sandusky Bay and watch over the Confederate prison on Johnson’s Island. Cedar Point has erected signage to provide visitor information on the lighthouse. A causeway toll/parking fee is required to drive around the peninsula to view the lighthouse, which is located in Lighthouse Point RV campground.
The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in July 1984. A great history of the lighthouse can be found at: http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=659
Cedar Point Town Hall Museum
Photo courtesy of Cedar Point
1 Cedar Point Drive (off U.S. 6), Sandusky
Located in the Frontier Town section of Cedar Point, the Town Hall Museum has an extensive display of park memorabilia, photographs, souvenirs, maps, posters, ride models, awards, and arcade machines, including two famous carousel horses. The museum also has a large collection of dental instruments, antique firefighting equipment, and ship models.
Few visitors take the time to appreciate the remarkable collection of historic structures and features that are found throughout the massive grounds of Cedar Point. While many parks erect modern buildings that mimic historic structures in their design, Cedar Point has maintained many of its most distinguished structures and integrated them into the everyday life of this vibrant amusement park. These beautiful buildings, often standing side-by-side with the most modern and high-tech thrill attractions found anywhere on Earth, are a testament to the quality of the workmanship of their builders and the appreciation that Cedar Point has for its long and distinguished history.
Check out the vintage photos of Cedar Point on our Remember When page.
A great tour of the historic buildings located within Cedar Point can be found at: Theme Park Insider
These books, written by the late David Francis and his wife, Diane, in three editions, are currently the best and most comprehensive history of the amusement park, combining archival photographs with a well-researched narrative.
David W. Francis and Diane DeMali Francis, Cedar Point: The Queen of American Watering Places, Amusement Park Books, Inc., Fairview Park, Ohio, 1988.
David W. Francis and Diane DeMali Francis, Cedar Point: The Queen of American Watering Places, Arcadia Publishing, 2004.
David W. Francis and Diane DeMali Francis, Cedar Point: The Queen of American Watering Places, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Sandusky, Ohio, 2009.
Always Cedar Point – A Memoir of the Midway by H. John Hildebrandt
An insider’s view of the operations of the world’s greatest amusement park, Cedar Point. From a summer as a 20-year old ride operator on the Frontier Lift to becoming the park’s general manager 35 years later, John Hildebrandt brings the reader inside the fascinating world of what it takes to market and operate a destination built for fun. He walked the midway every day for 40 seasons, talking to guests and employees and collected a lifetime of stories. There is humor, history, disappointment, thrills, and excitement in his storytelling. The focus of the book is Hildebrandt’s relationship with the park’s most iconic attractions—its legendary collection of world class roller coasters—including Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster, Magnum, Maverick, Corkscrew, GateKeeper (to name just a few). As marketing vice president, it was Hildebrandt’s job to introduce these magnificent scream machines to the world. From how the coasters were named to thrilling first rides to the creation of memorable advertising campaigns.
Rolling Through The Years: A Cedar Point Atlas & Chronology Hardcover – 2020, by Ken Miller
If you go back in time a hundred years ago, the roller coasters were an afterthought. Cedar Point early on was all about getting away to the beach, catching a live show in the Ballroom, socializing on the Hotel Breakers porch, or having a fine picnic with your co-workers. Sure, the resort had roller coasters. And Ferris wheels. And haunted houses. And carousels. But these weren’t the focus. Cedar Point: Rolling Through The Years is a look back across time at the development and changes at the Worlds’ Greatest Amusement Park Author Ken Miller has spent the last seven years exploring the history of the resort. Magazine articles, museum archives, and over 100,000 newspaper articles spanning 200 years were examined for this detailed history of Cedar Point. Over 75 historical maps of the peninsula and over 1200 images are included in the book.