Tybee Lighthouse

Tybee Lighthouse

Tybee Island, Georgia

1867 (station established 1736). Active; focal plane 144 ft (44 m); continuous white light. 145 ft (44 m) tapered octagonal brick tower attached to workroom; upper and lower portions painted black, center white. The 1st order Fresnel lens has been in use since 1867.  This light station, the oldest in the South and second oldest in the nation, was established less than four years after the colony of Georgia was founded. The lower section of the lighthouse incorporates 60 ft (18 m) of the 100 ft (31 m) octagonal tower built in 1773. A major restoration in 1998 restored the tower to its original appearance and its black and white 1916 daymark. This is a remarkably well preserved light station with three keeper’s houses and other historic buildings; the restoration of these buildings is continuing. The 1881 principal keeper’s house has been restored recently and furnished as a museum. The second assistant keeper’s house was built in 1861 as a Confederate Army barracks. The brick summer kitchen, built in 1812, is the oldest building preserved. Ownership of the station was transferred to the Tybee Island Historical Society in 2002 under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. The lighthouse is the rear light of a range; the front lightis on a square platform 1/2 mi (800 m) east of the lighthouse. Located on the south side of the Savannah River entrance, off US 80 in Tybee Island.

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