Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach

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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. Plan to visit Morris Island Lighthouse during your Folly Beach vacation using our convenient Folly Beach trip itinerary maker app.
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  • Morris Island Lighthouse is a beautiful, old lighthouse that sits just a bit off-shore from the beach, but still close enough to get a really good look (though if you want to a take a good photo... 
    Morris Island Lighthouse is a beautiful, old lighthouse that sits just a bit off-shore from the beach, but still close enough to get a really good look (though if you want to a take a good photo...  more »
  • Learned a lot about the eco system and lighthouse. Got to collect several nice shells from the beach. 
    Learned a lot about the eco system and lighthouse. Got to collect several nice shells from the beach.  more »
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  • This is a great place to go see. The beach that looks out to the lighthouse is a short hike and it’s a fun place to explore. You can check out the lighthouse as well as enjoying the relaxing waves and beach.
  • Absolutely beautiful! This is well worth the time to few this historic beauty.

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