St. George Island Lighthouse: Lost and found
Saving the St George Lighthouse is an example of the power of a great cooperation between government and volunteers. This light can be found at in St. George Island, Florida, although it literally washed into the sea ten years ago when it collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico on Friday October 21, 2005.
The unfortunate beacon was erected in 1852 and survived over 150 years. Until she became the victim of beach erosion and waves beating the shoreline on this unfortunate day in 2005.
It has been ten years agon when the old St. George Lighthouse collapsed into the sea. And look at her now! (photo: Debbie Hooper)
Cleaning brick by brick
Three years after this horrendous event, on December 1, 2008 the lighthouse was opened again after three years of renovation work, lead by the St George Lighthouse Association. Great work was done with state and government support, and of course many volunteers who cleaned the mortar of the countless bricks so they could be piled up again.
Preserving a lighthouse means constant attention. The windows of the lantern room were replaced in 2014. (photo: St George Lighthouse Association)
The new tower was reconstructed using as much original materials as possible. If you’re prepared to take the stairs – 92 in total – you can see the great work achieved. And if you feel like helping preserving this lighthouse for at least another 150 years, that would also be appreciated of course!
What: St. George Lighthouse
Where: 2 East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island, FL 32328
Official website: www.stgeorgelight.org