Dry Tortugas National Park
Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 6208
Fort Jefferson is America's largest 19th century coastal fort. The present lighthouse was built on a parapet of the fort in 1876.
Tower Height: 82
Height of Focal Plane: 86
Description of Tower: Black, cast iron hexagonal tower on wall of fort.
This light is operational
1825: 75-foot brick tower; 1874: iron pole.
Date Established: 1825
Date Present Tower Built: 1876
Date Deactivated: 1921
Date Automated: 1912
Optics: 1858: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now three 75 watt lamps.
Current Use: Private aid to navigation, part of historic site.
Open To Public? Yes
Ft. Jefferson on Garden Key is open during daylight hours. Garden Key is accessible via the Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry to Fort Jefferson. Call 877-FASTCAT for details. The trips include a guided tour of the fort. The trip from Key West takes about 2 1/2 hours. Key West Sunny Days Catamarans also provides trips to Garden Key; call (305) 296-5556 or email Cattours@aol.com for details.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
Keepers: John Flaherty (1825-1826); Joseph Himmenez (1826-?).