Why do we feature lighthouses on our website and on our CD?

For hundreds of years, lighthouses have survived some of the most severe elements known to man while they performed their duty as an aid to safety and navigation without interruption. Adding to their allure, the design of each is uniquely different. Fortunately, photographers have managed to capture their majesty, and the romance and beauty of their locations in countless pictures.

Sadly, the last lighthouse to be built in the U.S. was in 1962. Still in operation today, it was automated in 1975. Triangular in shape, its foundation is concrete, and is constructed of steel with an aluminum alloy skin. Standing 163 ft. high on Sullivan's Island, which is on the north side of Charleston's Harbor, South Carolina, it replaced a lighthouse built on Morris Island in 1767. Features like an interior elevator make it an engineering marvel, but its architecture is a radical departure from what many "expect" a lighthouse to look like.

Down the South Carolina coast a little further in Hunting Island State Park (near Beaufort) is an example of a more "traditional" lighthouse. The station was established in 1859, and the tower was first lit in 1875. It was deactivated in 1933. Conically shaped, the foundation is said to be "natural/emplaced," and is constructed of brick lined cast iron.

We support the preservation of these marvelous structures and the many untold stories they possess. You'll find numerous sites on the Web dedicated to lighthouses, but be sure to visit the U.S. Coast Guard for a detailed historical look.

   

   
           

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