Saint Helena Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fuel for the Flame
Constructed when the lighthouse was erected at this location in 1889, the oil house's solid brick walls and floors provided fireproof storage for the 660 gallons of oil required by the light. Once a month, oil was delivered to the island. Once a day, the keeper carried it up the tower's 167 steps!
Built purely for utility, the oil house, shown here circa 1950, has changed little. The 1889 Outfit List for Light Stations inventoried items kept here, including brass funnels and five-gallon cans.
Erected by Hunting Island State Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 32° 22.535′ N, 80° 26.257′ W. Marker is in Saint Helena Island, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker can be reached from North Beach Road 0.6 milesTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2555 Sea Island Parkway, Saint Helena Island SC 29920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Guiding Light (here, next to this marker); Island Delivery Service (a few steps from this marker); Harvesting Drinking Water (a few steps from this marker); A Life-Saving Light Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Home at the Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Hunting Island Light Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Chapel of Ease (approx. 8.1 miles away); Penn School (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Helena Island.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Hunting Island Lighthouse
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 18, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.