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Crooked River Lighthouse

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Address
1975 Highway 98 West, Carrabelle

Phone Number
850-697-2732

Website
www.crookedriverlighthouse.org

Email
lighthouse2@fairpoint.net

Crooked River Lighthouse

For nearly 100 years the Crooked River Lighthouse stood as a guiding light for ships, fishermen, and oystermen navigating the treacherous pass between Dog and St. George Islands. The lighthouse stands on the main land where it was originally built in 1895, replacing the three short-lived beacons destroyed by hurricanes on Dog Island. The 103 foot iron and steel structure was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1995 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association and the City of Carrabelle obtained ownership of the landmark just weeks before being auctioned, and created a public park surrounding it. Via grants from the Florida State Legislature and financial support from the City of Carrabelle restoration of the structure was completed by 2007. Nestled in a North Florida forest habitat, the lighthouse beams nightly, with an acrylic replica of it’s original 4th order Fresnel lens. The park picnic area features a 70 foot wooden pirate ship providing hours of fun and fantasy.

Grant funding also helped the CLA to construct a replica of the Crooked River Lighthouse Keeper’s House, completed in 2009. Architect Ken Smith, designed the construction, using the original 1895 plans. The Keeper’s House serves as a museum, gift shop and headquarters for the CLA. Exhibits are interesting and informative for all ages, including an historical setting of the early 1900s, plus examples of beacons and the methods of constructing a skeletal tower lighthouse. Everyday life objects in the Keeper’s Room include original clocks, a barometer, a glass fire grenade, pages from the keeper’s watch book, currency and much more. Visitors can look through replica Sear’s catalogues for a perspective on costs of living during the past century.
Group educational tours are welcomed and new science based programs are being developed.

Through funding from the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, the lighthouse annually hosts the popular LANTERN FEST. This event celebrates the first lighting of the beacon in 1895 with an outdoor display of over a hundred lanterns, a dramatic production on the pirate ship and nighttime climbing.
Other events include the Coastal Blessing, 4th of July Free Climb Day, and the bi-annual Lighthouse Challenge. The lighthouse tower is also available for unique weddings.

The CLA is stocking the gift shop with great new souvenirs, fascinating books on the lives of keepers, charts of lighthouse and shipwreck locations, and many nautical themed gifts.
 

Museum Hours:
THURSDAY- FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY
NOON to 5PM
Climbing every Saturday & Sunday
 

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