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Lighthouses of the Forgotten Coast
November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Carrabelle History Museum is hosting a wonderful, free program about the Lighthouses of the Forgotten Coast, featuring the St. George Island Lighthouse and the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. The Carrabelle History Museum will be joined by James Hargrove, Docent and Historian for St. George Island Lighthouse Association, and Linda Wood, Operations Manager for Cape San Blas Lighthouse. This program will be held Saturday, November 9, 10 am – 12 pm at C-Quarters Marina, 501 St. James Ave (Hwy 98), Carrabelle, FL.
The Cape St. George Light, also known as the St. George Island Lighthouse, is the fourth reconstruction of the historic lighthouse that was originally built on Little St. George Island. The lighthouse was rebuilt and moved several times after damage by numerous storms, a hurricane and beach erosion. After its collapse in 2005, it was rebuilt in its current position using original bricks salvaged from the water. It reopened in the center of the St. George Island in December 2008. The museum and lighthouse is open every day except Thursday.
The current Cape San Blas Lighthouse was constructed 130 years ago to replace a series of lighthouses located on Cape San Blas and destroyed by storms and war. There were four lighthouses built on Cape San Blas between 1849 and 1885. Work on the current lighthouse began in September 1884 and was completed the following February, except for the installation of the lens. The lighthouse was lit on June 30, 1885. In 2012, the lighthouse was temporarily closed due to shoreline erosion and in July of 2014 it was moved to its current location in Port St. Joe. On October 10, 2018 both Keeper’s Quarters buildings sustained damage from Hurricane Michael. The lighthouse is open Wednesday through Saturday.