Thursday, June 2, 2011
St. Marks Lighthouse
The St. Marks Lighthouse is located about 25 miles south of Tallahassee near the coastal town of St. Marks. The original lighthouse was built in 1831, but erosion forced it to be rebuilt in its current location in 1842. During the Civil War, it was heavily damaged by Confederate forces when they tried to blow it up to prevent Union troops from using it as a lookout when they came ashore after blockading Apalachee Bay. After the war, it was rebuilt again and relit in 1867. The lighthouse was operated by light keepers until 1960 when it became automated. In 1974, the St. Marks Lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2000, the US Coast Guard installed a modern solar powered light. On the day we visited, the lighthouse was closed, so I was unable to get pictures of the inside.