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

Tybee Lighthouse

 
 
Tybee Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 2008
1. Tybee Lighthouse Marker
Inscription.  A lighthouse on Tybee was one of the first public structures in Georgia. Completed in 1736 by William Blithman of cedar piles and brickwork, its 90 foot height made it the loftiest in America. Destroyed in a storm, it was replaced by another built by Thomas Sumner in 1742 which Oglethorpe called "much the best Building of that kind in America." It was almost entirely rebuilt in 1757 by Cornelius McCarty and James Weyms. In 1773 John Mulryne built the third lighthouse on a third site. The Mulryne lighthouse forms the base of the present structure, making part of it of Colonial construction. In 1791 Georgia ceded it with 5 acres to the Federal government. Partially destroyed by the Irish Jasper Greens of Savannah during Union occupation of the island, it was repaired and today is one of the famous lighthouses on the Eastern seaboard.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 25-59.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsWaterways & Vessels
Tybee Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 2003
2. Tybee Lighthouse
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. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society, and the Lighthouses series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1736.
 
Location. 32° 1.333′ N, 80° 50.679′ W. Marker is in Tybee Island, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Meddin Drive, on the left when traveling north. Marker is on Fort Screven, between Gulick and Taylor Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tybee Island GA 31328, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tybee Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Sims Morgan (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Screven Bakery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Screven (approx. 0.3 miles away); Federal Batteries on Tybee Island (approx. 1.6 miles away); A Turning Point In History (approx. 1.6 miles away); Long Range Artillery Duel (approx. 1.6 miles away); Cockspur Island Lighthouse (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tybee Island.
 
Also see . . .  Lighthouses of Georgia~Tybee Island Light. New Georgia Encyclopedia (Submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Tybee Lighthouse and keepers' house image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Tybee Lighthouse and keepers' house
Tybee Lighthouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
4. Tybee Lighthouse and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,357 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on July 7, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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