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Tybee Island in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Life at the Tybee Island Light Station

 
 
Life at the Tybee Island Light Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2022
1. Life at the Tybee Island Light Station Marker
Inscription.  The reclassification of the Tybee Lighthouse as a "First Order light required significant changes to the light station. It now required 3 Light Keepers, so housing had to be constructed for them and their families. The light station was located on five acres of land, which afforded ample room for housing and vegetable gardens.

The Keepers and their families enjoyed the mild climate of Georgia, compared to the brutal winters of New England and the Great Lakes. They also enjoyed the beauty of Tybee Island, with its marshes and beaches, compared to the often austere and remote stations along hostile New England coastlines.

Everything associated with the life of a Lighthouse Keeper carried the responsibility of hard work. Duties were divided not only among the three keepers but among their wives and children as well. The family members, therefore, shared in the happiness and hardships the Tybee Island Light Station.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 32° 1.343′ N, 80° 
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50.736′ W. Marker is on Tybee Island, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Meddin Drive south of Taylor Street, on the right when traveling south. Located at the Tybee Island Light Station & Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 Meddin Dr, Tybee Island GA 31328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Journal of the Light-House Station (here, next to this marker); Who Controls the Tybee Lighthouse? (here, next to this marker); The 4th Tybee Island Lighthouse 1867-Present (here, next to this marker); First Order Fresnel Lense (here, next to this marker); The 3rd Tybee Lighthouse Survives Destruction (here, next to this marker); Savannah River Light (here, next to this marker); Changing Day Marks of the Tybee Light (here, next to this marker); The 3rd Tybee Island Day Mark Lighthouse 1773-1861 • Damage to the 3rd Tybee Lighthouse 1861 (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tybee Island.
 
Also see . . .  Tybee Island Light Station & Museum. (Submitted on November 23, 2022.)
 
Life at the Tybee Island Light Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2022
2. Life at the Tybee Island Light Station Marker
Tybee Island Light image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2022
3. Tybee Island Light
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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