The Cape St George Lighthouse and Museum is CLOSED until further notice as a public health precaution due to COVID-19.
The lighthouse, museum, and gift shop will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. We hope to reopen our facilities and begin welcoming visitors again at the end of April.
Many Florida museums and public facilities across the state are starting to close for several weeks to help to stop the spread of the virus and to preserve the long term health of our tourism-based economy.
We will continually assess the circumstances before reopening. We recognize that our community is tourism-based but for the safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff members we have made the decision to close our facility for the time being and practice proper social distancing guidelines. Many of our staff members and volunteers are in high-risk categories and we want them to remain safe. We thank you for your support during this unusual time. We look forward to welcoming guests again soon.
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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.