St. Simons Island has long been defined by its coastal location on the Atlantic. Its history as a major port city means that this scenic destination comes with an important as well as charming maritime culture. Nothing speaks more directly to this past than the iconic St. Simons Island lighthouse. While the lighthouse still serves as an essential navigational aid for vessels, it has expanded its presence to include a museum. Visitors to St. Simons Island who are interested in learning more about the area’s maritime past and present won’t want to miss a trip to the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum.
St. Simons Lighthouse Museum: Illuminating the Coast
Standing tall at 310 Beachview Drive, the St. Simons Lighthouse and Museum is easily identifiable by the stark, white façade that rises against the water. While the original lighthouse was built in 1810 at the hands of James Gould, the lighthouse visitors encounter today are the efforts of reconstruction done in 1872 after Confederate soldiers demolished the original in an attempt to gain ground during the Civil War. Not only is the St. Simons Island lighthouse impressive to behold, it’s even more amazing when it’s understood that this is one of only 5 lighthouses that Georgia calls its own today.
Making the Most of a Visit
Those looking for a sweeping panoramic view at the St. Simons lighthouse will want to tighten up their laces and get ready to face the 129 steps that lead to the top balcony. Once you’ve made it this far, feel free to step back and soak up the sights as distant Jekyll Island and Brunswick come into mesmerizing view. When you’ve taken your photographs and walked the circumference of the lighthouse, make your way back down and take some time to browse the museum exhibits in the former keeper’s house. This Victorian-style building is home to a variety of artifacts and displays that highlight the history of the lighthouse and its many keepers over time. Adults can enjoy the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum for a ticket price of $12 while children can enter for $6.
A Beautiful Stay on St. Simons Island
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