COVID-19 POLICIES and VISITOR INFORMATION:
May/June 2021 - When developing/amending our COVID policies, we continue to follow federal CDC guidelines and best practices for museums. Face masks are appreciated but no longer required for visitors, due to recent changes in CDC guidelines regarding mask wearing in indoor spaces for vaccinated persons. The CDC recommends that anyone who has not been fully vaccinated to continue to wear a mask in indoor spaces. Please conduct yourself accordingly during your visit. We have sanitizing stations available at the front door of the museum and the front door of the lighthouse for your use. Please continue to practice social distancing whenever possible. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Stay safe and love one another. We will get through this!
Amy Hodson – Executive Director, St. George Lighthouse Association
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A Historic Treasure on Florida's Forgotten Coast
On Friday, October 21, 2005, the Cape St. George Light collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico. On Monday, December 1, 2008, the reconstructed lighthouse was opened to the public. First built in 1833 and rebuilt in 1848 and 1852 on what is now Little St. George Island, the Light finally succumbed to beach erosion and pounding waves. Working with state and federal government support, the St. George Lighthouse Association spearheaded the effort to salvage the pieces of the Light. Volunteers cleaned the mortar off thousands of the old bricks. The original plans were obtained from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and the lighthouse was reconstructed on St. George Island, using as much of the original materials as possible.
Construction of a replica of the original keeper’s house was begun next to the lighthouse in the fall of 2009. The two story brick building was opened in the summer of 2011 and houses a museum which tells the story of the lighthouse and its keepers and a gift shop that offers visitors the opportunity to take home a memento of their visit to the historic lighthouse
Please browse the accompanying pages to read about the Light’s history and to see photos of the Light through the years. Take a look at our volunteer and membership opportunities, and the calendar of upcoming events. And come visit and climb the 92 stairs to the top of the Light. Your continued support of the Cape St. George Light is important to help maintain our historic lighthouse for future generations!
The Cape St. George Light is located at 2B East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island, FL 32328.