Tybee Island Light Station in Tybee Island, Chatham County, United States | Lighthouse
The Tybee Island Light Station is one of America's most intact having all of its historic support buildings on its five-acre site located in Tybee Island in Georgia in the United States. Rebuilt several times the current light station displays its 1916 day mark with 178 stairs and a First Order Fresnel lens (nine feet tall).
The Lighthouse and Head Keepers house have recently complete a major renovation at the Tybee Island Light Station in Tybee Island, Georgia. Great attention to detail and authenticity has been taken. Years of decay and modernizations have been stripped away. Visitors can now see the Lighthouse as your forefathers once knew it.
The bottom sixty feet dates from 1773, the top half from 1867. Through all those years the Lighthouse has survived hurricanes, an earthquake (centered in Charleston in 1886) and numerous storms. Yet it still stands. In 1999 Tybee Light Station a massive four phase renovation was started. Stage one was the Lighthouse.
The Head Keepers Cottage
The oldest building on Tybee Island and a shining example of a Head Light Keepers home. Step back into a bygone era and see how life was for a light keeper in your forefathers generation.
Recreating the Past - Detective work
One of the greatest challenges was to find out what the past actually looked like. Look in the image in the mirror of the photograph from the forties. You see the fireplace that is the only record of what the fireplaces used to look like. This is one of many examples where material and memories were combed to find a clue as to how items once looked. Below is picture of a fireplace that was recreated.
The Lighthouse, the surrounding buildings and the land they stand on are owned maintained by the Tybee Island Historical Society. However, the light itself is maintained by a Coast Guard team, who also have the last say in matters relating to navigation, such as changing the outside color scheme of the Lighthouse (called the Daymark).