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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 unparallel 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

7th Birthday Lighthouse Celebration

Festival & Car Show 

June 20th, 2020  ~  10am-6pm


7th Annual Summersville Lake Lighthouse

Festival & Car Show

August 22nd ~ 10am - 6pm


Join us for our Annual Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festivals from 10am to 6pm here at the Lighthouse grounds.  Bring the family and enjoy the entertainment, car show and more...

Car show from the top

June 20th, 2020 is the 157th Birthday of the State of West Virginia and the Summersville Lake Lighthouse's 7th Birthday...   Come out and celebrate with us with WSAZ TV3, 2020 Lighthouse Royalty, Bobber the Water Dog, Smokey the Bear, Entertainment at the Gazebo, Food and Craft Vendors, Raffles and a Car Show.


August 22nd is the 7th Annual Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival and we have WSAZ TV3 News Anchor Taylor Eaton here to Meet & Greet along with our 2020 Lighthouse Festival Royalty.  The Lighthouse Festival Royalty will have a Raffle and will be awarding the trophys at the Classic Car Show at 5pm. 

Both Festivals will have Artisans and Crafters from throughout the state will be showcasing their skills along with live Appalachian music, great food, entertainment, raffles and so much more.  Live entertainment at the Gazebo with performances between 11-2 and 3-5.  The Cranberry Glades Visitor Center's WV DNR's Roy Moose will have his Live Snake Exhibit.  The Nicholas County K9's will have a demonstration from 2pm-3pm in front of the Lighthouse & Gazebo. Smokey the Bear and Bobber the Water Dog will be roaming the festival throughout the day. The Nicholas County Animal Shelter will have their puppies and kittens up for Free Adoptions until 1pm.  Come pick out your next fur baby!  We have had record years finding homes for these cute kittens and puppies...let's keep it going...


All Lighthouse Tours will be $5 per person on the day of the Festival. Paint MisBehavin' is back to do some really artistic face paintings on the kids and adults. Tupperware, Thirty One, Luluroe, Pampered Chef, The Iron Beaver, Jewelry, Wood Works, Birdhouses and more, the Food Court with The Big Lebowlski, The Rolling Stove, Almost Heaven Slush, Sugar Shack, Dickies BBQ, Appalachian Coffee House, Thai Rolled Ice Cream, JoJo's Waffles, Triple H Concessions and more. 

 First 100 Cars registered will receive a Summit Car Show Bag with incentives from local businesses plus a chance to win some great prizes.

Best of Show wins a Trophy & a GoMart Tote Bag with goodies & $25 Certificate

All vehicles must be registered by 12 Noon 

Door Prize Raffles throughout the Day ~ 1pm-5pm

Judging between 12-3 ~ Trophy Awards at 5pm

Check out our Facebook Page for more information Summersville Lake Lighthouse

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Top 4 Queens 2019

                        The 2019 Lighthouse Festival Royalty

Mrs. Lighthouse Festival Queen Tonya Cook, Ms. Lighthouse Festival Queen Olivia Covey,

Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen Ashleigh Clarke, & Teen Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen Alexis Bailey


2020 Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival Pageant

May 2nd, 2020

Nicholas County High School Auditorium in Summersville. 

Children's Pageant (0 - 9 years) Registration 9:30am 

Miss Pageant (10 years +) Registration at 1:30   

Interviews promptly at 3pm (10 years & Up)


Age Divisions

Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 16 - 21 years

Mrs. Lighthouse Festival Queen  18+ years

Ms. Lighthouse Festival Queen 18+ years

Teen Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 13 - 15 years

Pre Teen Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 10 - 12 years

Jr Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 6 - 9 years

Little Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 3 years +1 day - 5 years

Tiny Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 18 month +1 day - 3 years

Baby Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen 0 - 18 months

Contact our Pageant Director Taylor Cook for the application at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Check out our Facebook Page for more information too ~ Lighthouse Festival Pageant

Queens Table



Santa at the Lighthouse


"For the past 6 years, the Summersville Lake Lighthouse which is located on the grounds at the Summersville Lake Retreat, hosted Santa & Mrs. Claus for an event that includes the Zela Elementary Kindergarten - 2nd Grade. They have the opportunity to meet with the jolly fat man with the red nose to tell him all of their Christmas wishes and receive a Candy Cane from Mrs. Claus.

While waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus's arrival the children were treated with a lunch from Maloney's Sport's Pub & Grill with goodies from Creative Cakes and Bob Evans. The Summersville Army Corps of Engineers very own "Bobber the Water Dog" met with the children at the base of the Lighthouse until Santa arrived. The Claus's arrived in a 1949 Chevy Truck where they were greeted by all of the Children and Elves. Each child then had the opportunity to talk with Santa, have their photo taken and given it to take home with them from WV Fine Photography. The Elves gave each child with a bag full of items that included: a Zebco Fishing Rod, a Kite, a hoodie jacket, slipper socks, a blanket, hygiene items, snack items, water safety items, along with assorted toys and books. Steve Keblesh says the best part about the event is seeing the look on the children's faces when they get to sit on Santa's lap.

After the children left with their goodies, the event followed up with a surprise from Steve & Donna Keblesh for Santa and Mrs. Claus, as WSAZ TV3 News Anchor Taylor Eaton presented them with the Hometown Award for their 38 years of service. Truly surprised, they humbly accepted the award but stated that their Hero's are the children.  "Our neighbor had asked him to do a party, and everybody there went crazy over him, and so he did it for about a year without me," said Mrs. Claus. "He came home with a dress for me one day so we've been doing it ever since." A lot has changed since they started their mission back in 1981, but what hasn't is the pure joy they are spreading. "When we started 38 years ago, I never thought we would see what we see today," said Santa Claus. "But it's been a blessing. It really has." Both of these WSAZ Hometown Heroes say they don't do it for the recognition, but instead do it as a ministry. The kids that we see, they are the heroes," said Santa Claus. "That's what keeps us going...the need. The children are the ones that should be recognized. We are just here for this mission. This is our ministry." Santa also says, “Always give a hug...Where would the world be if everybody gave a hug instead of fighting...wouldn’t we be better off?”
Steve Keblesh stated; "They truly make a huge effort to get to as many children as possible throughout the season so they can sit on his lap and express their wishes for the season. That's what it is all about.” “It's one of the smaller events that we do," Keblesh said. "It's by invitation only for the children that we bring up here and not many people see this event, but it's by far the most rewarding one that we do."

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Steve and Donna Keblesh express their appreciation for Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Lighthouse Event that is made possible by the “Friends of the Lighthouse”: Jack & Ann Lanham, West Virginia Fine Photography, Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox, Maloney’s Pub & Grille, Columbia Forest Products, Go Mart, Dollar Tree of Summersville, Shirley & Bob Guenther from West Mifflin PA, Jan & Larry Boyce of Danese WV, David Thomas DDS, Katherine Wooten DDS, Lewis Gilbert DDS, McDonalds of Summersville, Creative Cakes, Bob Evans of Summersville, U S Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District, Croiser’s Sanitary Services, Lewisburg’s Warner Music School, Lighthouse Royalty, and the Summersville Lake Retreat & Lighthouse Staff.

Click on the Link to see the award being given to them at https://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Hometown-Heroes-Santa--Mrs-Claus-566393571.html

If you would like to help out and be one of the  "FRIENDS OF THE LIGHTHOUSE", contact us at 304-872-5975 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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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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