This is the follow-up post to our blog about the St Augustine Lighthouse. This post has pictures of the Maritime Museum portion of the property. Above is the lightkeepers’ house that has been restored to a condition of what it was like several decades ago when the lighthouse was manned fulltime. It also houses a museum to mariners in the basement.
A history of what people had to go through to restore this majestic building. In short it took decades of persistence to bring it to the condition that it is in today.
The upstairs is a combination of restored rooms to the time period when they manned the lighthouse fulltime and some history of the grounds.
As you make your way through the ground floor watch for these stairs as they lead to the downstairs area that houses many artifacts. Note that wheelchair access is limited at this point. Unless you can get down the stairs you can only see the ground floor.
The downstairs is beautifully decorated with shipwreck artifacts from throughout the years. There are cannons, cannonballs, a gold coin display, a ship’s bell, etc.
If you are tall enough (at 5′ 8″ I was barely there) you can look into a couple of portholes to see a couple of gorgeous model ship displays.
Not all of the artifacts are in the lightkeepers’ house museum. This (and other) Fresnel lens display is located in the entrance way to the visitors center.
Once you pass through the visitors center (or head towards the restrooms as I did) you will come across some of the larger displays of older boats that were a big part of history throughout this area.
No proper attraction should be without the infamous gift store. This is the entrance and exit through the visitors center. Tickets are purchased at the counter.
There are a number of reasons to visit this wonderful place – the history, the maritime museum, or the challenge of climbing a lighthouse. Whatever the reason, it is a great place to see.
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