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Name: Sapelo Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Darien, Georgia, United States

Location: Southeast end of Sapelo Island.

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Photo: Genevieve Wynegar

Managing Organization:
Sapelo Island Restoration Foundation, Inc.

Telephone: 404-656-3500


Contact Address Information:
205 Butler Street, S.E., Suite 1252
Georgia, 30334, United States

The lighthouse site is part of the Sapelo Island Estuarine Reserve. A major restoration of the lighthouse took place in 1997-1998, culminating of the relighting of the lighthouse on September 6, 1998. There are plans to install a road to the lighthouse and adjacent structures. Future projects will include installing exhibits in the fuel storage buildings and reconstructing the dock the lightkeepers used to access the island. In 2011, archaelogists found the foundation of the keeper's house that had been destroyed in an 1898 hurricane.

Tower Height: 70

Height of Focal Plane: 79

Description of Tower: Conical brick tower with six red and white bands, with black cast iron lantern.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1820

Date Present Tower Built: 1820

Date Deactivated: 1899-1998

Optics: 1853: Fourth order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Acrive aid to navigation, part of estuarine sanctuary.

Open To Public? Yes

Tours of the tower are offered Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year; Fridays from June 1 until Labor Day. Extended seven-hour tours are held the last Tuesday of each month from March through October.

Sapelo Island is accessible by ferry Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., returning at 12:30 p.m. and departing again at 5:30. Saturdays departures are at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Sapelo dock is located on Highway 99, nine miles south and eight miles north of Highway 17. Call the Sapelo Visitors Center at 912-437-3224 for more information. Also, SouthEast Adventure Outfitters of St. Simons Island offers a ferry to Sapelo Island and a tour that includes the lighthouse. Call (912) 638-6732 for details.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Alexander Hazzard (1853-1862); James Cromley (1873-?); Robert H.Cromley (?-1938).


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