St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum
Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 21136
St. Simons Island
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
1872 two story brick Victorian keeper's house, 1890 oil house, gazebo, offices.
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
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.
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)