Florida Lighthouse Association, Inc.

Preserving, Restoring, Protecting & Defending Florida's Lighthouse Towers

Cedar Keys Light Station

Photo:  Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National
Wildlife Refuge

 Active: No

Characteristics: Fixed white light (originally).

Height: 33 feet, 35 steps

DayMark: White house-style structure with white lantern.

History: Constructed in 1854. First Lighted August 1, 1854. Deactivated in 1915. On National Register Listing.

Lens: Original: Fourth-order Fresnel lens; henry-LePaute (1854). Present: None. Focal Plane:75 feet.

Construction: Architect and Builder: Lt. George Gordon Meade. Masonry house-style structure constructed of brick and iron.

Other Buildings: Frame additions added to original brick structure, water tank, cistern, and oil storage house.

Visit Status: No Access

Facilities: None

Visitor Info: Lighthouse is not accessible at this time. It is used as part of a Marine Laboratory by the University of Florida. The grounds and tower are open only during a two-day open house scheduled the third weekend in October. (In 2006 open house will be October 21, 22.  Hours Sat. 9:30 - 5:00 and Sun. 8:30 - 4:00.  Admission FREE, but tour boat will cost approx. $12.00.)
Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
16450 N.W. 31 Place
Chiefland, FL  32626

Email: LowerSuwannee@fws.gov

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