St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Historic St. Simons Light Station
Surely the most important aspect of the lighthouse to the mariner is the light that emanates from the tower. The tall, white beacon also serves as a day-mark. The light, a 1,000 watt electric bulb, is reflected by a fixed 3rd Order Fresnel Lens manufactured by L. Sautier of Paris. Four flash panels, mounted around a fixed lens, revolve around the bulb flashing one beam per minute. The beam projects out 23 miles, limited by the curvature of the earth.
Today, our lighthouse is under the jurisdiction and care of the United States Coast Guard, Aids to Navigation, Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The preservation of the historic structure on this site is the responsibility of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.
Erected by Coastal Georgia Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Landmarks • Notable Buildings • Notable Places • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 31° 8.036′ N, 81° 23.618′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Simons Island GA 31522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Lighthouse ~ 1810 (here, next to this marker); Early History of St. Simons Island (here, next to this marker); Historic St. Simons Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); Fort St. Simons (a few steps from this marker); Couper's Point (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort St. Simons (within shouting distance of this marker); Keepers of the Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to St. Simons Light! (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Simons Island.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 801 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.