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December 29, 2003
From journal Hilton Head in November
August 20, 2002
From journal Georgian Coast
Asheville, North Carolina
July 12, 2001
From journal Weekend at Tybee Island, GA
delanco, New Jersey
May 11, 2006
From journal Savannah Spree
March 5, 2008
From journal Savannah, GA
Charlotte, North Carolina
March 19, 2005
A more studier brick structure was built in 1857. But by 1861, it had been burnt as Confederate troops retreated. The last structure was built in 1867 and fitted with its first-order Fresnel lens, which is still housed in the lighthouse today. In 1948, after the last light-keeper, George B. Jackson, died, the Coast Guard took over the lighthouse. In 1987, the Coast Guard leased the lighthouse to the city of Tybee Island and the Historical Society. It is still used as an aid to private navigation.
Today, the lighthouse and keeper’s quarters have been restored to their glory. In 1999, after extensive restoration, the lighthouse was relit in a public ceremony. Grace Jackson Weaver, daughter of keeper George B. Jackson, threw the switch that relit the beacon. The former keeper’s quarters have been turned into a gift shop that houses information on the lighthouse. The assistant’s quarters serves as a theater where you can see a film on the history of the lighthouse. Visitors can pay an admission fee and climb the 178 stairs to the top. From here you can get a bird’s-eye view of the island and ocean. There is free parking adjacent to the lighthouse. It is open every day but Tuesday and some holidays. If you do happen to arrive on Tuesday, like we did, still make sure to stop and walk around the structure.
This group has shown what restoration work can achieve. It is hoped that the same can be done for the Morris Lighthouse and others. For information on the lighthouse, please go to www.tybeelighthouse.com. They gladly accept donations for ongoing restoration work. The Tybee Island was recently featured as part of the Lighthouses of the Southeast stamp set by the US Post Office.
To get to the lighthouse, just follow Highway 80 from Savannah to Tybee Island. Tybee is about 15 minutes from Savannah, and it is a beautiful drive. You just follow the signs leading to the lighthouse. While here, plan on spending the day at Tybee Island. The island itself is absolutely beautiful and offers plenty of things do as well as dining and lodging options. You can visit www.tybeeisland.com for more information and to obtain a visitor's guide.
From journal Beautiful Lowcountry Lighthouses
Blacksburg, South Carolina
March 2, 2005
From journal The City Too Beautiful to Destroy