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Hunting Island Light
Beaufort, South Carolina

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Date Established: 1859
Date Present Tower Built: 1875
Height of Tower: 136 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 140 ft.


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Open to Public?: Yes, $2 view

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This is the only lighthouse in the state of South Carolina open to the public. From the top platform, for those who are adventurous enough to climb the spiral staircase, one can get a birds eye view of the Atlantic Ocean, the park and surrounding marshes from about 132 feet above the ground. A unique feature of this lighthouse is that it was constructed using cast iron plates and designed to be dismantled in case it ever needed to be relocated. As fate would have it, due to erosion of the beach in 1889, the lighthouse was moved inland 1 1/4 miles from its original site to where it presently stands. Built in 1875 to replace the tower destroyed in the Civil War.

Information added by Fred:
The original 1859 Hunting Island lighthouse that was destroyed by the Confederacy is located a little over a mile away from the current light location. The current light is similar in design to the Curritick Light in N.C. was rebuilt and first lit in 1875. This light was moved 1.3 miles inward because of erosion and was again relit in 1889. In 1933 the second order fresnel; went dark when it was deactivated. During WWII the 132 1/2 ft tower was used by the U.S. Navy as a look out point for Coast Watchers. It is currently a musieum at the Hunting Island State Park, and is the only Lighthouse in SC that is open to visitors.

Photo Credits: Fred (#3)

Submitted by: MichaelT Date posted: Fri Sep 1, 2006 Views: 3193