St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Inc.
Contact Address Information:
81 Lighthouse Avenue
This lighthouse station was leased in 1981 to the Junior Service League of St. Augustine, and has been gradually restored since that time. The keeper's dwelling now houses a museum. The first order Fresnel lens was shot out in 1986 by a 14-year-old vandal with a 30.06 rifle. The Junior Service League raised the $500,000 it took to replace the shattered prisms. The lantern glass has been replaced with bullet-proof glass. On July 20, 2002, under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, ownership of the lighthouse was transferred from the federal government to the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum.
Tower Height: 165
Height of Focal Plane: 161
Characteristic and Range: Fixed white with more intense flash every 30 seconds.
Description of Tower: Conical brick tower with black and white spiral bands, with red cast iron lantren.
This light is operational
1876 two-story keeper's house, barracks, garage.
Square tower attached to two-story keeper's dwelling.
Date Established: 1823
Date Present Tower Built: 1874
Date Automated: 1955
Optics: 1874: First order Fresnel lens, still in use.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation, museum.
Open To Public? Yes.
Visitors can climb to the top of the tower and see the working first order Fresnel lens. The museum in the keeper's house includes shipwreck artifacts and history of the lighthouse. Group rates and educational tours are available. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended summer and holiday hours. For their safety, children must be 44" tall to climb the tower.
North on I-95: Take Exit 93 and turn right onto SR 206. Continue until the road ends at A1A. Continue straight onto SR3. Turn right onto Red Cox Drive at the fire station. Follow Red Cox Drive; the lighthouse and parking are on your left.
South on I-95: Take Exit 95 (State Road 16). Turn left onto SR16. Continue to San Marco Avenue. Turn right onto San Marco. Continue to A1A (Anastasia Blvd). Turn left at the light and drive across the Bridge of Lions. Travel about a mile and turn left at Red Cox Drive. Follow Red Cox Drive; the lighthouse and parking will be on your left.
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