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Name: St. Simons Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
St. Simons Island, Georgia, United States

Location: Near Frederica River, south end of St. Simons Island.


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Photo: St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum

Managing Organization:
St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum

Telephone: 912-638-4666

Website: http://www.saintsimonslighthouse.org
Email: ssi1872@bellsouth.net

Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 21136
St. Simons Island
Georgia, 31522, United States

Notes:
The first St. Simons Lighthouse was destroyed in the Civil War. Its remains were were partially excavated by archaeologists in 1974. The lighthouse was restored in 1989-1991, and was refurbished again in 1998. The optic is still maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard; the site is operated by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.

Tower Height: 104

Height of Focal Plane: 106

Description of Tower: White, conical brick tower.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1872 two story brick Victorian keeper's house, 1890 oil house, gazebo, offices.

Earlier Towers?
1811: 75-foot brick and coquina tower.

Date Established: 1811

Date Present Tower Built: 1872

Date Automated: 1953

Optics: 1872: Third order Fresnel lens, still in use.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, museum.

Open To Public? Yes

Museum?
The St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum contains exhibits on the history of St. Simons. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. 1:30 to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Directions:
The museum and lighthouse are located at 101 12th Street, St. Simons Island, 15 miles by car from I-95 at Brunswick, Georgia (or 5 miles from U.S. 17 in Brunswick). Crossing the St. Simons Causeway to Kings Way: turn right on Mallory Street, turn left on Beachview Drive, and right onto 12th Street.

Keepers: James Gould (1810-1937); Lachlan McIntosh (1837-1852); Alexander D. McIntosh (1852-1855); John F. Carmon (1855-1872); Bradford B. Brunt (1872-1874); Frederick Osborne (1874-1880); George Ashbell (1883-1892); Joseph Champagne (1892-1907); Carl Olaf Svendsen (1907-1936); Arthur F. Hodge (1936-1945); David O'Hagan (1945-1953)

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