Why You Need to Visit St. Simons Island Lighthouse
Wondering what to do when you’re in Georgia? Look no further!
History of the Lighthouse
Located just off the east coast of Georgia, this beautiful landmark is still active in guiding vessels into St. Simons Sound, just as it was at the turn of the century. Built in 1872, this iconic lighthouse served as the replacement for the previous structure after being destroyed in World War II in Sherman’s March. Tour the grounds of the lighthouse for a stroll through history from the lighthouse museum, to the oil house! Top off your visit by scaling the steps to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the mainland and bordering Jekyll Island.
St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
Constructed the same year as St. Simons Lighthouse, this keeper’s dwelling was used until the mid-1950s. Located in front of the lighthouse, the Victorian-style keeper’s house now serves as both an interactive and house museum. This makes it ideal for families of all ages, whether you’re looking for entertainment or an educational experience. With exhibits on both the lighthouse itself, as well as the Golden Isles, the museum offers an array of information about the rich history of Georgia’s islands. Walk away with a greater understanding and appreciation for the beautiful lighthouse before experiencing it from the inside.
Beach View and Access
Wanting to add a beach visit to your vacation? St. Simons Lighthouse is a one-stop attraction! Known for its beautiful beaches and “beach” way of life, St. Simons Lighthouse beach is no exception. Not only is the lighthouse perched atop a hill with a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean, but with this means beach access! After your visit of the historical museum in the keeper’s dwelling, you can walk down to the beach and spend a relaxing afternoon listening to the waves crash or cool off in the water.
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