The Leaning Tower
|Active: Yes, November through April (Off May through October to accommodate the nesting sea turtles per the U. S. Coast Guard)
Characteristics: Flashing white every 6-seconds (1977-1994). Reactivated November 1, 2009 by the U. S. Coast Guard.
Height: 74 feet
DayMark: White conical tower with black lantern
History: Constructed in 1852. First Lighted 1852. Deactivated in mid 1994. On National Register Listing. Restored as a private aid to navigation by the Coast Guard on November 1, 2009.
Lens: Original: Fifteen fixed Lewis lamps with sixteen-inch reflectors; Winslow Lewis (1843). Third-order fixed Fresnel lens; Sautter et Cie (1857). 2009-Present: VLB-44 LED beacon manufactured by Vega Industries Limited in New Zealand.
Focal Plane: 72 feet.
Range: 13 nautical miles.
Construction: Builder: Edward Bowden. Conical Brick tower constructed of brick and iron.
Visit Status: The lighthouse was rebuilt on St. George Island and is easily accessible at the end of the causeway.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday -- 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Fees are: Adults -- $5.00. Youth under age 16 -- $3.00, Under age 6 -- No Charge
Facilities: Gift shop and small museum.
Visitor Info: Was listed as Florida’s most endangered and leaning lighthouse. Located on Little St. George Island it was accessible only by boat. Was righted during the summer of 2000 with a new foundation, but due to continuing erosion the lighthouse collapsed in October 2005. The materials were salvaged and the lighthouse was rebuilt on St. George Island and reopened to the public in the fall of 2008.
St. George Lighthouse Association
201 Bradford Street
St. George Island, Fl. 32328
Web Site: www.StGeorgeLight.org
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