Above is the lighthouse entrance building which serves as part gift shop, part museum, and part ticket counter.
This was my first visit to a lighthouse. Strange since I lived on the west coast most of my life. I can’t say that I have always wanted to visit one but now that we are traveling to various interesting places a lighthouse seemed destined for a visit. Since I cannot compare this to any other lighthouses, I will just describe what it was like for me to visit this one.
I also must add that we visited approximately 5 weeks after Hurricane Matthew. There were little signs of damage at this place but we did see lots of remnants and damage along the way here.
Here is a good map of the lighthouse grounds. I was surprised at how much was here to see. They have a variety of tours available including a paranormal tour called the Dark of the Moon tour. Along with the keeper’s house that houses many shipwreck artifacts, they also have wooden boat building on site.
This post will just touch on my visit at the lighthouse which is the jewel of the site.
This is just the beginning. After paying my $12.95 admission fee, I walked outside to some beautiful scenery that rivals the parking lot and entrance way. There are more museum items outside, a playground, and many nature trails throughout the grounds. One of those is pictured above.
My wife was in her wheelchair and was admitted for free. I am still not sure if this was because of the wheelchair or the fact that she was not going into the lighthouse. There is very limited access around the property. There is a ramp around the side to get into the visitors center. There are the main paths that are cement and there is limited access within the museum building.
This is the masterpiece that I came to see. But I wanted more. I was going to challenge myself to climb to the top and get some great pictures up there. They actually counted 219 steps to the top and I hate heights. While my wife was with me she did not visit the lighthouse due to her issue with stairs – she doesn’t like them.
The entrance way had some of the original rooms filled with artifacts that were used by the lighthouse keepers in the past. These were pretty interesting. There are also more items on the landings up to the top. I especially liked the bucket for the whale oil that the keeper had to haul to the top quite often to keep the light lit.
This doesn’t look so bad… from the bottom. I must admit that I stopped about halfway up for a small breather. I was jealous of the man that looked around my age that I kept running into as he would go up and down the lighthouse stairs for exercise.
And at the top – finally – I found a light bulb. It is pretty amazing that such a relatively small item (along with an incredible lens) can produce enough light for ships to see miles away.
Ahhhh, the view at the top at last. In the distance is the city of St Augustine. We would be traveling there after our visit. There are more pictures from the top in the gallery. These were taken with great care as I clung to the walls while braving my fear. Your Welcome.
And for $1.00 you can get a certificate certifying your climb to the top. It might be selfish but I thought I earn this sucker and I wasn’t leaving without it.
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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