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St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum

610 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522 USA

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On October 17, 1804, John Couper, a plantation owner on St. Simons Island, deeded four acres of his land, known as "Couper's Point," at the south end of the island for one dollar to the Federal government for the construction of a lighthouse. James Gould of Massachusetts was hired in 1807 by the Treasury Department to build the lighthouse and a one-story frame residence. Original specifications called for the lighthouse to be built of hard brick; however, for economic purposes, most of the material used in the construction was "tabby," a mixture of oyster shell, lime, sand, and water. The uppermost part (12_ feet) was constructed of the "best northward brick." The 75-foot tower, exclusive of the lantern, was an octagonal pyramid, 25 feet in diameter at the base, tapering to 10 feet in diameter at the top. The tabby foundation was eight feet thick at the base. An iron lantern ten feet high and eight feet in diameter rested on top of the brick and tabby tower, making the lighthouse 85 feet tall. Oil lamps were suspended on iron chains in the lantern. 

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November 10, 2014
Rated 5.0

Beautiful to look and walk friendly.

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St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum

610 Beachview Drive
St. Simons Island, Georgia
31522 USA

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  • Sun: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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