Our Culture: Lighthouses

Cape St George LighthouseCape St. George Lighthouse and Lighthouse Keeper’s Museum & Gift Shop

Experience 175 years of maritime history at the Cape St. George Lighthouse and Lighthouse Keeper’s House Museum and Gift Shop. On Friday, October 21, 2005, the Cape St. George Light collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico. Public support was rallied to save this historic structure. Volunteers cleaned thousands of old bricks and, working from the original plans, reconstructed the lighthouse in the center of St. George Island. Climb to the top for some fantastic views!

 

 

Crooked River Lighthouse ParkCrooked River Lighthouse Park

For 115 years, the Lighthouse stood as a beacon, guiding timber ships as well as local fishermen and oystermen through the treacherous pass between Dog and St. George Islands. Built in 1895, this iron and steel structure replaced the lighthouse on Dog Island, which was destroyed by a hurricane in 1873. The lens was built in 1894 by Henri La Paute in Paris. The Keeper’s House Museum and Gift Shop is open from noon to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Weather permitting, one can climb the Lighthouse stairs on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 till 4:00 p.m.