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Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Morris Island Lighthouse

Folly Beach, SC

 
 
Morris Island Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Morris Island Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. As early as 1673, there is a record of a light burning at what was then known as Charles Towne colony. On May 30, 1767, the cornerstone for a new light was laid on a group of three small islands then referred to as Middle Bay Island. The Charles Towne light was one of ten pre-Revolutionary War lights built in the colony.

In January 1790, the newly formed South Carolina legislature transferred the title to the newly formed United States Government. Within a year, the three islands had melded together to become Morrison's (Morris) Island.

On December 30, 1860, the State of South Carolina, soon to secede from the Union, took possession of the lighthouse. The Confederates destroyed the lighthouse on Morrison's Island to prevent the Union armies from using the lighthouse as a lookout tower.

In 1873, following the Civil War, the United States Congress approved funds for the construction of a new first order tower on Morris Island. Construction began that fall.

The finished lighthouse, 158 feet above the ocean, was painted with black and white bands. When first illuminated on October 1, 1876, the Morrison's Island lighthouse could be seen 19 miles out at sea.

Explosions on the Folly Beach from live bombs used by the United States Navy during World War II naval training exercises caused cracks to form
Morris Island Lighthouse Marker, at " Broadway at the Beach ", southeast side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 15, 2009
2. Morris Island Lighthouse Marker, at " Broadway at the Beach ", southeast side
in the base of the old lighthouse.

In 1962, the Sullivan's Island lighthouse became operational and the Morris Island light was extinguished.

Resting upon the pedestal above is a 109 feet tall replica of the Morris Island Lighthouse.
 
Location. 33° 42.908′ N, 78° 52.587′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker can be reached from Celebrity Circle. Touch for map. Off Robert Grissom Pkwy at "Broadway at the Beach," southeast side. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Myrtle Beach Colored School ( approx. 1.3 miles away); Justin W. Plyler Boardwalk Park ( approx. 1.5 miles away); Site Of The Seaside Hotel ( approx. 1.5 miles away); Grand Strand ( approx. 1.5 miles away); Nance Plaza ( approx. 1.5 miles away); Hurricane Hugo ( approx. 1.5 miles away); Hurricane Hazel ( approx. 1.6 miles away); Salt Works ( approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
 
Also see . . .
1. Morris Island, SC. In 1673, the early settlers established the first navigational aid on what would become Morris Island. The crude light consisted of a “fier” ball of oakum and pitch that was elevated in an open iron basket.
In 1880, the lighthouse stood
Replica of the Morris Island Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 15, 2009
3. Replica of the Morris Island Lighthouse
2,700 feet from the water. By 1938, the lighthouse was at the water’s edge, and today the lighthouse is its own island, roughly 1,600 feet offshore. (Submitted on February 25, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Folly Beach - Morris Island Lighthouse. Charleston’s Coastal 1870’s Lighthouse Is Crumbling into the Sea. (Submitted on February 25, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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The real Morris Island Lighthouse first illuminated on October 1, 1876 image. Click for full size.
4. The real Morris Island Lighthouse first illuminated on October 1, 1876
Coordinates of Lighthouse 32° 41' 43.22", -79° 53' 1.10"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 25, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,650 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 25, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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