St. Marks Lighthouse, Tallahassee

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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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  • This was beautiful location. Only sad part is the inside was closed because of Covid. Would loved to have gone inside. Even the gift store at visitor store was closed -been this way for over 2 years.....  more
    This was beautiful location. Only sad part is the inside was closed because of Covid. Would loved to have gone inside. Even the gift store at visitor store was closed -been this way for over 2 years.....  more »
  • Went and walked beach area to end and stayed for sunset . Was so pretty and relaxing. Got some great pics! Wish lighthouse were open for tours! 
    Went and walked beach area to end and stayed for sunset . Was so pretty and relaxing. Got some great pics! Wish lighthouse were open for tours!  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful wild Florida landscape. We spotted a mother and baby deer, many different species of birds, and many small crustaceans along the edge of the ocean. The lighthouse is beautiful. Unfortunately we were there on a holiday and we were unable to go inside. There are many trails for hiking. Great place to explore and enjoy being out in nature.
  • Absolutely one of my most favorite places on Earth! I make it to the refuge once or if I’m really lucky a couple times a year. St Marks Lighthouse is rich in history and it’s downright beautiful, along with the surrounding area. I get here early when there is nobody, walk around the lighthouse, snap a few pictures, walk the long beach to the east of the light, and just reflect, breathe, and soak in the peace. A few tips… If you want to avoid bug bites and a ton of people, if you are a solitary person like me, come early in the morning on a weekday. Don’t get me wrong I am glad that a lot of people come and support the refuge. That’s VERY important. But a bunch of loud kids, parents, and photographers annoyed that I’m in their way are not ideal for someone like me. You may be different. Overall though this place is perfect. Old Florida at its best! Everyone should come and enjoy the beauty of St. Marks!

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