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Fernandina Beach in Nassau County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Amelia Island Lighthouse

 
 
Amelia Island Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2010
1. Amelia Island Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. Standing at the highest point on the island, the Amelia Island Lighthouse was built from bricks re-used from the Cumberland Island Lighthouse in 1839 on land purchased from Mary Fernandez. The 67 foot tall lighthouse has walls four feet thick at the base tapering to two feet at the top. It is the only dual-wall construction lighthouse remaining from Florida's territorial period. First lit by whale oil, the light is now a third order Freshnel Lens made in Paris and visible 15 miles. This lighthouse is the oldest, still operational lighthouse in Florida and is the westernmost lighthouse on the east coast of the United States. The first keeper, Amos Latham, was a Corporal in the 1st Connecticut Regiment in the Revolution.
 
Erected 2004 by Florida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Jean Dixon Mann, State Regent 2003-2005.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 30° 40.392′ N, 81° 26.549′ W. Marker is in Fernandina Beach, Florida, in Nassau County. Marker can be reached from Lighthouse Circle north of O'Hagan Lane. Click for map. This historical marker is located just northeast of the Amelia Island Lighthouse,
Amelia Island Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2010
2. Amelia Island Lighthouse Marker
View of the historical marker on the grounds of the lighthouse. The base of the lighthouse is seen in the extreme left foreground of the picture.
on private U.S. government property. There is a gated entrance to the property on a private road, that both my map and the Google Map does not show, called O'Hagan Lane. Marker is in this post office area: Fernandina Beach FL 32034, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McClure's Hill (approx. mile away); Nassau County American Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); New Zion Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Good Shepherd Church 1887-1966 (approx. 0.9 miles away); St. Peter's Church (approx. one mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Memorial United Methodist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fairbanks Home (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fernandina Beach.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is difficult to locate and even more difficult to see. To add to the confusion, in the immediate vicinity of the lighthouse there is a street called Lighthouse Lane that does not provide any access to the lighthouse or the historical marker, at least not that I could see. There is a gated entrance to the lighthouse property at the end of O'Hagan Lane, which is just north of the intersection of O"Hagan Lane and Lighthouse Circle.
Amelia Island Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2010
3. Amelia Island Lighthouse
The gate appears to be locked most of the time and multiple "No Trespassing" signs are clearly posted. When you stand just outside the gate you can get a somewhat obstructed view of the nearby lighthouse, but the historical marker is completely blocked from view, being located behind the lighthouse. The only legal way to view the historical marker is to receive permission to tour the lighthouse grounds or to be there at the times when the lighthouse grounds are open for supervised tours.
 
Also see . . .  Amelia Island, FL. This link to some extensive information regarding both Amelia Island area and the Amelia Island Lighthouse is provided by "lighthousefriends.com." (Submitted on July 21, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
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Amelia Island Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2010
4. Amelia Island Lighthouse
View of the interior of the Amelia Island Lighthouse.
Amelia Island Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2010
5. Amelia Island Lighthouse
View showing the Amelia Island Lighthouse situated on the high ground of Amelia Island.
Amelia Island Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2010
6. Amelia Island Lighthouse
Photo taken just outside of the gated entrance to the Amelia Island Lighthouse showing the limited and somewhat obstructed view that is generally all that is available for visitors to see. The photo also shows one of several posted "No Trespassing" signs.
Amelia Island Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2010
7. Amelia Island Lighthouse Marker
Photo showing the intersection sign for the street that isn't on any of my maps or the Google Map, as well as an additional "No Trespassing" sign. This is the sign to look for when driving on Lighthouse Circle, when attempting to locate the Amelia Island Lighthouse and it's historical marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,172 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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