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I split the darkness
I am the truth
I conquer fear
I am the beacon
But only with your eyes do I abide


Welcome to PointFermin.org! The Point Fermin Historical Society has a wide range of programs designed to reach out to all who are interested in the people, places and fascinating stories of our past.

The specific purpose of this organization is to acquire, maintain and restore a treasured historical site for public purpose that includes a lighthouse, buildings and adjacent land. This oceanfront, 3.5 acre property will be a center for history, education, agriculture, architecture and the arts and will carry on charitable activities associated with this goal and as allowed and dictated by local law.


In 1792, British explorer George Vancouver stopped at the Carmel Mission near Monterey and met Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen, who had succeeded Father Junipero Serra as father-president of the California missions. Vancouver was impressed with Father Fermin, describing him as "about seventy-two years of age, whose gentle manners, united to a most venerable and placid countenance, indicated that tranquilized state of mind that fitted him in an eminent degree for presiding over so benevolent an institution." When Vancouver sailed into San Pedro Bay the following year, he named Point Fermin and Point Lasuen in honor of the Franciscan Father. Lasuen was unhappy in California, stating that only obedience kept him there, but his name will now be forever linked to California and its Point Fermin Lighthouse. Read More >

Point Fermin Lighthouse