What? Back to lighthouses? Yep, I enjoy them. This one is a little different from the rest. First, it has a much wider staircase. Second, it is being used as a research facility.
The lighthouse was first lit on October 15, 1874, and is the city’s oldest still standing brick structure.
We climbed the 219 stairs to get a view from the top.
During the closing days of the Revolutionary War, there were many British loyalist in Charleston, South Carolina. On January 1, 1782, sixteen ships left with these loyalists and their possessions for the British Colony of East Florida. The ships were caught in a storm and sank off the coast of St. Augustine. One of those ships was discovered and an expedition, with headquarters in this lighthouse, began recovery efforts.
The most interesting artifact found was this rare carronade cannon made in 1780. The second oldest existing one in the world.
It was brought up and cleaned here at the lighthouse: