MEDIA ALERT: Tickets Now on Sale for Second Annual Split Rock Stories by Lantern Light

For immediate release

Release dated: 
September 27, 2022
Media contacts: 

Suzanne Herrick, for the Minnesota Historical Society, 612-247-3079,
Hayes Scriven, Split Rock Lighthouse Site Manager, 218-220-6101,

MEDIA ALERT: Tickets Now on Sale for Second Annual Split Rock Stories by Lantern Light

Explore the grounds of Split Rock Lighthouse after hours and hear tales of daring survival and more through the decades. Get your tickets before they’re gone!

WHAT: Tour the historic grounds of Split Rock Lighthouse after dark and hear first-hand accounts of life on the rugged North Shore in the not-so-quiet lighthouse. 

From tales of daring survival to unique daily-life perspectives that span decades, visitors will walk away with a new appreciation for early life at the station. 

Important figures in Split Rock Lighthouse history will share their own stories including Fred Benson, who was crew on the infamous Maderia ship during a fateful 1905 storm that either sank or ran aground 29 ships. Benson saved the majority of the crew by jumping to Gold Rock point and tying off a rescue line. Anna Hassing will give guests a glimpse into daily life and raising a family at such an isolated station. Hassing lived there with her family and husband Tom Hassing from 1938 until 1953. 

Bring a flashlight and dress appropriately for the weather. 

Saturday, Oct. 8.
Tours are offered at 6:15 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:15 pm, and 7:45 pm. Each tour is limited to 20 people.
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd., Two Harbors, 55616
Tickets are limited, and only available online at:

Each tour is limited to 20 people. Tours leave promptly, please arrive 10 minutes early. 

About Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark, is the place to discover Minnesota’s role in Great Lakes shipping and life on the North Shore. The site is located in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on U.S. Highway 61, 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors. For more information, visit

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at