Huntington's Island Lighthouse
Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, SC, USA
Huntington's Island Lighthouse Beaufort Reviews
Bird's Eye View of Hunting Island Oct 06, 2011
Situated within Hunting Island State Park, this historic lighthouse was important because it served as a half way mark between the ports of Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. The lighthouse did not however, guide ships into a safe harbor but rather warned them to keep away from the dangerous shoals and shallow waters in the area.
An earlier lighthouse standing ninety-five feet tall was built of brick on Hunting Island in 1857 but it was destroyed during the Civil War. The Union had a much better Navy than did the Confederates (which was the case for most things) so the Confederates destroyed it to keep the North from any benefits that the Hunting Island lighthouse could provide. All lighthouses were considered Federal property belonging to the North so for that reason alone the Confederates thought it was a good idea to blow it up. Crazy Rebels!
A new lighthouse was built in 1875 and instead of being built entirely of brick like the first one, this time it was constructed in large cast iron sections and lined with bricks similar in some respects to the one at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is due to the misfortune of its current locations - the Atlantic Ocean washes away several feet of shoreline each year. Today, the tower stands 400 feet from the high water mark. If erosion continues at its present rate, the lighthouse might need to be moved further inland soon and its cast iron sections makes it possible to remove the brick lining and then dissemble. In fact, this very lighthouse has already been moved once due to erosion, back in 1889, and was placed a mile further inland.
Like most things from the past, modern technology has rendered the lighthouse a bit of a dinosaur so it is no longer lit, but it is open to the public and is the only historic lighthouse in SC that allows visitors to climb its one hundred and eight-five steps to the top (for a mere $2 per person fee) for a great view of the island and the feel of a cool ocean breeze on your face.
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