The present lighthouse on St. Simons was built in 1872 by Charles Cluskey to replace James Gould’s octagonal tower of 1810. Confederate troops burned that structure to make coastal navigation more difficult for the Union navy. If you’ve never been, you should put it on your Georgia “bucket list” and make sure you climb the spiral staircase to the top for awesome views of the island and Atlantic Ocean. The keeper’s house is presently being renovated, but the lighthouse is still open.
National Register of Historic Places
Visit the website of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society for more information: