Amelia Island Lighthouse, Fernandina Beach

The Amelia Island Light is the oldest existing lighthouse in the state of Florida in the United States. It is located near the northern end of Amelia Island in the northeastern part of the state. Its light marks St. Marys Entrance, the inlet leading to St. Marys River, the Cumberland Sound and the harbor of Fernandina Beach, Florida along the Amelia River. The white light flashes every ten seconds which turns red from 344° to 360° when covering the shoal water in the vicinity of Nassau Sound.The lighthouse is listed as number 565 in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) light list.HistoryThe lighthouse was built in 1838 using materials taken from the former Little Cumberland Island Light on Cumberland Island in Georgia just north of the inlet, which was built in 1820. The brick tower was originally tall placed on a hill. In 1881, a lantern was installed on the tower increasing the tower height to with the focal plane height of above sea level.The tower was originally equipped with 14 lamps each with a 14in reflector when first lit in 1839. The reflector size was increased to by 1848. This arrangement was replaced by a third-order Barbier Benard Fresnel lens in 1903, which is still used in the lighthouse.
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  • This required some driving through residential neighborhoods to see this. Limited times. Special permission required. But we could see it through the gates. Also could see it from across the estuary. ...  more »
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  • This island is beautiful, and is sure to capture the heart of anyone visiting while traveling, whether it be for business or on vacation. It's a true mix of locals and transplants, and there is a good chance that if you make it your destination, and come with an open mind and a humble heart, this little barrier island in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean near the Northeastern tip of Florida, will reveal a magic and beauty found nowhere else! I highly recommend Amelia Island as a destination for anyone who is looking for a place to visit.
  • After following the signs, we discovered the gate closed. We called the number on the sign and found out the place is only open on Saturdays and some Wednesdays, just not the Wednesday we were there. Bit of a disappointment as you cannot even get a good view from the gate.
  • Great place to visit if you are interested in Lighthouses. Hard to get into the grounds as they are open very few days each month.
  • Fantastic tour and our guide was very engaging and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
  • Beautiful! Love that you can drive right up to it.

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