St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, Saint Simons Island

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Glimpse into the life of a lighthouse keeper at St. Simons Lighthouse Museum. The original lighthouse, an octagonal structure built in 1810, was destroyed in 1862 by retreating Confederate soldiers. The current lighthouse was completed in 1872. Climb the 129 steps up 32 m (104 ft) of this still-functioning lighthouse to take in the views of the sea and township below. As you come down the stairs, listen for the ghost of an assistant keeper, slain by the head keeper in 1880. The lighthouse keeper's dwelling at the base of the lighthouse holds exhibits about the history of the lighthouse and life for the keepers. Admission also allows you a tour of the maritime center at the Coast Guard station nearby. The lighthouse tower closes during bad weather. Plan your visit to St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Saint Simons Island holiday planning website.
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  • We enjoyed our day on St. Simon's Island and the historic, picturesque lighthouse truly adds to the areas charm. The Lighthouse & Keepers Dwelling have been standing since 1872, after the original...  more »
  • This is a beautiful lighthouse and a must to see. I will say parking can be a problem on a weekend. There are a few in front of the lighthouse but there is a water park behind it and a nice...  more »
  • By far one of my favorite places to go to on the planet. The history the people and the dinning are all top notch. It's a wonderful place to be if you are looking to experience a more active lifestyle. From the views atop of the lighthouse to a stroll around the coast you will never be short on something beautiful to see. Great place to go for a family vacation. The parks are perfect for children and barbeque with plenty of shade for relaxing to the sounds of the ocean.
  • Beautifully preserved and maintained fully operational lighthouse and museum brimming with history. Climb the 122 steps to the top of lighthouse for a breathtaking view! The keeper's quarters are fully furnished as they would have been early in the 20th century. The museum is a wealth of information and full of wonderful gifts to buy. We cannot wait to return again!

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