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July 19, 2006
From journal Hilton Head at Sea Pines
Charlotte, North Carolina
April 7, 2005
While most lighthouses were built in the 1800s and early 1900s, the Harbour Town Light is a baby, just built in 1970.
The light was originally built as a centerpiece for a PGA tournament. This was the first privately financed lighthouse built since the 1800s. Today the light is the centerpiece for the Harbour Town community. The light is a mere 90 feet tall and is painted red and white stripes. So climbing this light is not a dubious task. The light is cylindrical shape with the spread out top. It is one of the most photographed lighthouses in South Carolina. Visitors are welcome to climb to the top of the tower you get a terrific view of Hilton Head and they have a gift shop in the top where you can purchase nautical and lighthouse themed merchandise as well as Harbour Town Light merchandise. It still remains a private navigational aid.
The light sits in the gated Harbour Town. But for a $5 per carload fee, these fine folks will be glad to let you visit. You will be given a map with directions to the light. Once you’re through climbing, make sure you visit Harbour Town pier. The area where the light is, it filled with shopping and fine restaurants. While we were here we tried Crazy Crab’s Seafood. You can arrange for a number of boat tours from the pier. They have Romantic sunset cruises, dolphin watch cruises, and cruises to nearby Daufuskie Island where you will find the picturesque Haig Point Rear Range Light built in 1872. Allow your self several hours to enjoy the surroundings here. For more information you can go to www.harbourtown.com.
For more information on lighthouses, please visit www.lighthousedigest.com. They carry a very large line of lighthouse themed merchandise from house wares, lighthouses replicas, to food and books. Here you can explore their lighthouse database, which offers lighthouse information from all over the world. You can also find out Lighthouse Digest. Lighthouse Digest is a wonderful monthly magazine for the lighthouse fan. It is a great read, and I highly suggest it.
From journal Weekend in Hilton Head
Middle Village, New York
April 29, 2003
There are resturants at the dock. We ate at the one by the lighthouse (food was good but you may find better). The place is very crowded but it is worth going to. The parking was a little hard to find (Tip: There are 2 separate parking lots that are in 2 different locations.) and you also have to pay a one day toll to get there.
From journal Port 'O Call