In 1972, Congress ordered the U.S. Coast Guard to regulate the
Lighthouse. A fully automated airport beacon lens was installed
which allowed for seventeen miles of visibility over the surface
of Lake Michigan.
In 1973, the Coast Guard personnel discontinue full time care
of the light station.
On June 20, 1977, the Coast Guard allowed the State of Michigan,
Department of Natural Resources to purchase the property.
On October 8, 1987, the Gulliver Historical Society is established
and sets its main priority of historically preserving the Seul Choix
On August 28, 1988, the lighthouse is added to the State and National
On January 6, 1989, a Michigan Equity Grant program helps pave
the way for the Historical Society to establish a Gulliver Historical
Museum in the fog signal building. A grand opening celebration is
held on August 6, 1989.
In 1990, the Historical Society begins interior and exterior restoration
of the lighthouse. A Gulliver Centennial book was published and
In 1994, a Michigan Coastal Management Grant was obtained. Complete
restoration and painting of the exterior lighthouse and tower were
In 1995, interior restoration of the living quarters was completed
and a huge Lighthouse Centennial celebration was held. A Centennial
History book was completed.
In l996, a Michigan Coastal Management Grant was obtained and
interior painting and restoration of the light tower was completed.
Daily guided tower tours were added. A well-stocked gift shop and
shirt shop was added.