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St. Marks in Wakulla County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

St. Marks Lighthouse

 
 
St. Marks Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, June 3, 2013
1. St. Marks Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. Noted lighthouse builder Winslow Lewis began work on the Saint Marks structure in 1829. Eroding shores forced relocation a short distance inland in 1842 to its present location. The adjoining keeper’s house is not original having been rebuilt on several occasions. During the Civil War the lighthouse played a role in military affairs primarily because of its strategic position on the coast. Coastal raids launched from the blockading squadron comprised much of the hostile action against the Confederacy in Florida. One such raid in June of 1862 resulted in the destruction of a fortification located near the lighthouse. In response to the danger of raids of this nature, Confederate Army pickets were positioned in or near the lighthouse on a regular basis. To deter the use of the lighthouse as a lookout tower, a naval party launched and burned the steps and interior woodwork on July 15, 1863. In March of 1865 Federal Troops landed near the lighthouse for a major raid into the interior only to be repulsed at the Battle of Natural Bridge. Restored to service after the war it resumed the role of a navigational aid for Gulf Coast commerce.
 
Erected 1973 by Florida Society Colonial Dames XVII Century in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-207.)
 
Location.
St. Marks Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, June 3, 2013
2. St. Marks Lighthouse Marker
With its back to the shore, the marker sits at the terminus of Lighthouse Road and the parking lot there.
30° 4.431′ N, 84° 10.786′ W. Marker is in St. Marks, Florida, in Wakulla County. Marker is on Lighthouse Road 10 miles south of Coastal Highway (U.S. 98) when traveling south. Click for map. The marker lies at the terminus of Lighthouse Road, next to the lighthouse and near the shore of Goose Bay. The lighthouse sits on the east side of the mouth of the St. Marks River. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Marks FL 32355, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. San Marcos De Apalache (approx. 5.7 miles away); a different marker also named San Marcos De Apalache (approx. 5.7 miles away); Fort St. Marks Military Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); Port Leon (approx. 5.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. A Beacon on the Bay: The St. Marks Lighthouse. The official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service page for the lighthouse. (Submitted on July 28, 2013, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.) 

2. Welcome to St. Marks NWR. The official site for the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. (Submitted on July 28, 2013, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
St. Marks Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, June 3, 2013
3. St. Marks Lighthouse Marker
The lighthouse can be seen in the distance, at the end of Lighthouse Road.
St. Marks Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, June 3, 2013
4. St. Marks Lighthouse Marker
St. Marks Lighthouse, as seen from the elevated wildlife stand adjacent to the tower.
St. Marks Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, June 3, 2013
5. St. Marks Lighthouse Marker
The tower of the lighthouse.
St. Marks Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, June 3, 2013
6. St. Marks Lighthouse Marker
The lighthouse today sits within the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, an excellent view of which can be had from the elevated wildlife stand adjacent to the lighthouse.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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