Monday, March 17, 2008

St Augustine, Florida Lighthouse

The St. Augustine Light tower was built in 1874. The lighthouse stores a vast collection of WWII artifacts including thousands of pictures (some were saved from being sent to the dumpster).The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to discovering, preserving, presenting and keeping alive the story of our nation's oldest port.

Pedro Menendez founded St. Augustine in 1565, he decided to build a wooden tower on the north end of Anastasia Island. Today, the St. Augustine Light Station consists of the 165-foot 1874 tower, the 1876 Keepers' House, two summer kitchens added in 1886, a 1941 U.S. Coast Guard barracks and a 1936 garage that was home to a jeep repair facility during World War II. The site is also a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather station.

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