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  • 12x6-Summersville Lighthouse Fireworks July 4th 2015 Resized


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Lighthouse Info

The Summersville Lake Lighthouse was erected overlooking Summersville Lake in Mount Nebo, West Virginia on October 17, 2012.  Standing 104 feet tall with a top elevation of 2,164 feet above sea level, the 77,000 lb. structure was a cylindrical tower constructed entirely of 1/2 inch thick steel.  With a base diameter of 12 feet receding to 8 feet at the top, visitors can climb 122 steps to reach a 360 degree gallery deck offering unparalled views of Summersville Lake and the Gauley River National Recreation Area.  Visit our Facebook Page at Summersville Lake Lighthouse.

OPEN Daily - April thru October            By Reservation - November thru March

All Lighthouse Tours are weather permitting and is subject to change without notice.  Summersville Lake Lighthouse tokens are available at the Gift Shop. Open 9am-6pm   Admissions: $7 – Adults and Children 12 years & older, $5 – Children ages 3 years to 11 years & Seniors 65+, $20 – Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)  GRoup rates available.  Sunset Tours - $15 per person and Fireworks Tour - $20 per person  (Limit to 12 people only)  Watch the video of the day the cranes lifted the Lighthouse into place at the Summersville Lake Retreat.


If you ever played with an erector set as a kid, you may enjoy this footage that was taken the day that we lifted the Lighthouse.  On October 20th, 2012 All-Crane of St. Albans, West Virginia used a 230 ton header crane and 150 ton tail crane to do the erection....check it out....then come climb the 122 steps to the top....

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Upcoming Events

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Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival Pageant

May 12th, 2018 at the Nicholas County High School from  9:30 - 7:00

Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 18 – 29 years $100
Teen Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 14 – 19 years $100
Junior Teen Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 11 – 13 years $50
Pre Teen Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 8 – 10 years $50
Junior Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 5 – 7 years $50
Little Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 2 – 4 years $50
Tiny Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 1 – 2 years $50
Baby Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 0 – 1 year $50
Ms. Lighthouse Festival Queen 30+ years $75
Mrs. Lighthouse Festival Queen 30+ years $75

Contestant Entry Fee (non refundable)

Areas of Competition
Personality, Poise, Communication, “Shine Bright Like a Beacon” Anything Goes,
On Stage Interview during Natural Wear Evening Gown and Overall Appearance

Mission Statement
To be an Advocate for Community Service, Hospitality and Promoting Tourism for the Summersville Lake Retreat & Lighthouse
Deadline for application and entry fee: April 20th, 2018

Each contestant will be judged in the interview during the Evening Gown portion of the pageant. This is a time to show your unique personality and how well you communicate. Finalists will be placed in the age division according to their age as of the day of their competition. Finalists with a birthday falling within 30 days of the pageant can pick their current age division or choose to move up to the age division you would be moving into or stay in the age division you currently reside in. Example: If my 17th birthday is February 15 and the pageant is on February 25th, you can stay in the Teen Division or move to the Miss Division.


Miss Lighthouse Festival Prize Package - Crown, Sash, Gift Bag, $500 Scholarship, Trophy, & Flowers

Teen Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen - Crown, Sash, Trophy, Gift Bag

Junior Teen Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen - Crown, Sash, Trophy, Gift Bag

Pre Teen Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen - Crown, Sash, Trophy, Gift Bag

Junior Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen - Crown, Sash, Trophy, Gift Bag

Little Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen - Crown, Sash, Trophy, Gift Bag

Tiny Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen - Crown, Sash, Trophy, Gift Bag

Baby Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen - Crown, Sash, Trophy, Gift Bag

Ms. Lighthouse Festival Queen - Crown, Sash, Plaque, Gift Bag

Mrs. Lighthouse Festival Queen - Crown, Sash, Plaque, Gift Bag

All Runners-up will receive a Plaque


Fan Favorite Crown   

Fan Favorite Award          $1 per vote Winner to Receive Crown & Sash

Additional Plaque Awards

Community Service, Most Photogenic, Best Smile, Prettiest Eyes  $10 each or $25 for All

Contact Julie at 304-872-5975 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive your application



Summersville Lake Lighthouse

Heritage Celebration & Car Show

June 16th   10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Join us as we celebrate the 5th Birthday of the Summersville Lake Lighthouse with a Heritage Celebration and Car Show.  Car Show Pre-registration is $15, Registration day of show is $20.  Vendors including artisans and food, Nicholas County Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions, the Photo Bus and much more.  Performing at the Lighthouse will be Emmalea Deal who is a Nashville Alt-Rock Recording Artist & Singer Songwriter, K9 Demostrations from the Nicholas County Sheriff Department and meet Jessica Dawn Lynch, a former United States Army soldier POW who served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. 

Jessica Lynch at Walter Reed Army Medical Center 2004    photo bus    EmmaleaDeal2018   




Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival & Car Show

August 25th ~ 10am - 6pm

Join us for the 5th Annual Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival from 10am to 6pm here on the Lighthouse grounds. Artisans and Crafters from throughout the state will be showcasing their skills along with live Appalachian music, great food, entertainment, raffles and a Classic Car Show.  Live entertainment at the Gazebo includes EmmaLea Deal from 11am to 2pm who is headlining for "Rudy Elvis" will be performing from 3pm to 5pm.  The Humane Society and the Nicholas County Animal Shelter will have kittens and puppies available for adoption.  All Lighthouse Tours will be $5 per person on the day of the Festival.  Last year we had 130 Classic Cars and Hot Rods that competed in the Annual Car Show.


Car Show with Lighthouse   Emmalea Deal   Elvis at Festival    Animal Shelter

2016 Car Show Winners       Smoky by Mustang 




 Haunted Hayrides ~ Last two weekends in October

Come join us as we ride a tractor driven wagon a mile into the forest...

where the creatures of the night appear... 

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Nicholas County Humane Society. 

$14 Admission 12 years & Up          $8 Children 11 & under

     Jester Paul      Hayride 2017 Group Photo    Robin Fat Lady    Crazy kids clown     Board creature


Lighthouse Plaques


A sincere, thank you to all who have shown an interest in the Lighthouse Project and have asked about ways that they may help contribute.  We have set up ways that folks can participate at whatever level that they are comfortable with.

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A Lighthouse in the Mountains

2012-10-18-First-Sunrise Honestly, it all started over a joke. Back in 2009, an interesting fellow from Ontario, Canada by the name of Rick Butler had spent the summer as one of our guests here at the Summersville Lake Retreat while working as part of the crew erecting wind towers at Beech Ridge, a wind farm project in neighboring Greenbrier County, West Virginia. As luck would have it, we were located near the transportation route that the tower components traveled to reach their destination. On more than one occasion, we had marveled at their size as they passed by, just one blade stretched over half the length of a football field! Because of our unique location above the cliffs overlooking Summersville Lake, one evening we offhandedly ribbed Rick that if he would be kind enough to divert one of the tower sections in our direction, that we would keep it and disguise it as a Lighthouse, to which he replied with a classic deadpan expression on his face, “Funny that you say that Mate, we just lost one over the hill.” As it turned out, torrential rains had recently undermined the crib blocks supporting one of the newly delivered tower sections, and it had indeed rolled 75’ down an adjacent hillside, (leveling several medium sized trees in the process), deeming it unsuitable for wind production.

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At the Lake Gift Shop

Handcrafted Swarovski Jewelry, Lighthouse Gifts, Cabin Fever Turkey Calls, JQ Dickerson Salts, Wild Mountain Soaps & more

Open 9am to 6pm Daily - April thru October, November thru March - 12 noon - 4pm


Lighthouse Events

Lighthouse Festival ~ 4th Saturday in August - 10am to 6pm

Fear the Forest Haunted Hayride ~ Last 2 Weekends in October



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