Morris Island Lighthouse, Charleston

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Morris Island Light is a lighthouse on Morris Island in South Carolina. The light stands on the southern side of the entrance to Charleston Harbor, north of the City of Folly Beach. The lighthouse was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
The lighthouse is unusual in that it now stands several hundred feet offshore. When constructed in 1876 the light was approximately 1200ft from the water's edge. However, the construction in 1889 of the jetties which protect the shipping lanes leading to Charleston Harbor altered ocean currents, resulting in the rapid erosion of Morris Island and the destruction of many structures and historical sites (such as Fort Wagner). By 1938 the shoreline had reached the lighthouse, forcing its automation as it was no longer safe or practical to keep it manned. In 1962 the Morris Island Light was decommissioned and replaced by the new Charleston Light, located on Sullivan's Island at the north end of the harbor.
The Morris Island Light, located on Morris Island, at the entrance to the harbor of Charleston, SC, was one of the colonial lights turned over to the Federal Government under the terms of the act of August 7, 1789. The light was in a brick tower, built by the Colony of South Carolina in 1767. On May 7, 1800, Congress appropriated $5,000 for repairing the lighthouse. In 1838 the light was described as a revolving light, the tower being 102ft from the base to the lantern. A new first-order lens was installed in the tower on January 1, 1858.
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  • This is a favorite spot to fish, watch the dolphins swim or just take in the sun. You can explore the shoreline, but remember to keep an eye on the tide or you may have to travel through some water. A...  more »
  • You can get decent views of the lighthouse by walking the paved walkway. It’s a short andeasy walk, about 1/2 mile round trip. The surfaceis covered with chalk like graffiti, which were normally bothe...  more »
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  • Parking was almost impossible. Little bit of a walk to get to the beach at the lighthouse. We got there to watch the sun set. Beautiful.. Not many people around which was a plus.
  • It is worth the walk, to see this old lighthouse and enjoy the beach

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