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St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Keepers of the Light

 
 
Keepers of the Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 2, 2008
1. Keepers of the Light Marker
Inscription. The present lighthouse was commissioned by the U.S. Government in 1867 to be built adjacent to the site of the 1810 tower. The 104' tower and keeper's dwelling were designed by the noted architect Charles Clusky. Clusky and several of his crew members died of malaria during construction. The light and dwelling were completed in 1872.

The Lighthouse and Keeper's Dwelling Today
T
he lighthouse tower is of brick construction. Cylindrical in shape, it has a 129-step cast-iron spiral staircase. The foundation is 8' below ground, 30' in diameter, and 3' thick. In 1890, the fireproof oil house was constructed. The oil house was designed to hold 450 5-gallon containers of kerosene to light the lamp in the lantern room. Later, large oil drums were installed in the oil house to contain the fuel.

The Keepers Life
S
everal lighthouse keepers, such as C.O. Svendsen (to your left), and their assistants did duty at this station. Often, the keeper's wife served as his assistant keeper. The lighthouse was completely automated in 1953.
The early lives' of the keepers were lonely and monotonous. The Keeper's main task was to keep the light burning from sunset to sunrise. In addition, he was responsible for routine maintenance
Keepers of the Light Marker image. Click for full size.
Coastal Georgia Historical Society
2. Keepers of the Light Marker
( Upper photo) Construction of the second lighthouse, ca. 1870
of the lens, buildings such as barns, boat houses, residence, and grounds.
The pay was $400 to $600 per year in the 19th Century. The highly prized position required the Keeper to be able to read and write, and sons often followed fathers and grandfathers footsteps into the United States Lighthouse Service.
 
Erected by Coastal Georgia Historical Society.
 
Location. 31° 8.026′ N, 81° 23.603′ W. Marker is in St. Simons Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on 12th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 12th Street, Saint Simons Island GA 31522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to St. Simons Light! ( a few steps from this marker); Couper's Point ( within shouting distance of this marker); The First Light House ~ 1810 ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Historic St. Simons Light Station ( within shouting distance of this marker); Early History of St. Simons Island ( within shouting distance of this marker); Fort St. Simons ( within shouting distance
Keepers of the Light Marker image. Click for full size.
Coastal Georgia Historical Society
3. Keepers of the Light Marker
(Middle photo) St. Simons Light Station, 1908
of this marker); Historic St. Simons Lighthouse ( within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort St. Simons ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Simons Island.
 
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Keepers of the Light Marker image. Click for full size.
Coastal Georgia Historical Society, November 2, 2008
4. Keepers of the Light Marker
(Lower photo) C.O. Svendsen, a lighthouse keeper
Oil House, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 2, 2008
5. Oil House, as mentioned
St. Simons Lighthouse, today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
6. St. Simons Lighthouse, today
Oil House Door image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 2, 2008
7. Oil House Door
Oil House Constructed in 1890 to house fuel for the 1872 lighthouse lantern. To the left is the site of the first St. Simons lighthouse built by James Gould in 1810 of tabby.
St. Simons Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 2, 2008
8. St. Simons Lighthouse
St. Simons Beacon image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
9. St. Simons Beacon
St. Simons Island Lighthouse National Register of Historic Places Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, July 18, 2017
10. St. Simons Island Lighthouse National Register of Historic Places Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 965 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on November 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   10. submitted on July 29, 2017, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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