St. Marks Lighthouse, Tallahassee

The St. Marks Light is the second-oldest light station in Florida. It is located on the east side of the mouth of the St. Marks River, on Apalachee Bay.
In the 1820s, the town of St. Marks, Florida was considered an important port of entry. The town served as a port for the prosperous planting region of Middle Florida and some counties of South Georgia. Growers hauled their agricultural products down to the port town in wagons by way of an early road which connected the then territorial capital of Tallahassee to the town of St. Marks. Later, this road would be widened and improved upon by the Tallahassee Railroad Company and would become the state's first railroad.
Once the agricultural products reached the new port town, they were loaded aboard boats for shipment to New Orleans and/or St. Augustine. There were, however, problems in navigating both the Apalachee Bay and the St. Marks River. In many places both bay and river were shallow, and it was not too uncommon for boats to run aground and/or get mired in the muddy shallows.
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  • The lighthouse is a great stop, but the drive and the surrounding natural beauty is worth just as much. It is unspoiled Florida at its best. And if you haven't already, read the book Annihilation...  more »
  • We were fortunate to have the grandson of the last lighthouse keeper as our guide. Once he realized that we enjoyed listening to actual accounts, he told us some wonderful stories about the family.  more »
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  • This is such a pretty place and not crowded. Although the light house is closed but the drive is worth. Tons of wildlife can be seen here. Gators and different kinds of birds. Theres places that you can launch your kayak too. Very serene . Its a photographers paradise.
  • Great visitors center with clean restrooms. Points of interest map that ends at the lighthouse. Several trails on levies and in the forest. Lighthouse is only open Friday and Saturday. There is a nice boat ramp with plenty of parking. We were there during the week and not very busy. There was a picnic area not far from the lighthouse.

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