Cape St. George Lighthouse, Franklin County, Florida
CAPE ST. GEORGE LIGHT
LITTLE ST GEO ISLAND/GULF OF MEXICO
Station Established: 1833
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1852
Automated? YES, 1949
Foundation Materials: STONE
Construction Materials: BRICK
Tower Shape: CONICAL
Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
Relationship to Other Structure: SEPARATE
Height: 65-feet (1833); 72-feet (as of1932)
Characteristics: Fixed White
Original Lens: 13 lamps with 15 inch reflectors (1833); Third Order Fresnel (1852)
- Congress appropriated $11,400.00 on 3 March 1831 for a lighthouse "on the west end of St. George's Island, near the entrance of Appalachicola Bay."
- From the report of Revenue Captain Henry D. Hunter of the cutter Taney, 12 April 1834: "There is one light house in the District, which stands on the west end of St. Georges Island. It is 75 feet high, shows a steady light and is lighted by eleven lamps. The keeper, I. W. Smith was absent when I visited the light. It was left in charge of a hired man. I did not find it clean."
- The site was rebuilt in 1847 two miles from the original site on the cape which is the southern-most point of the island.
- Destructive winds toppled the tower in 1851. A new lighthouse was constructed 250-yards inland and it was placed into service in 1852.
- The light was automated and crew removed in August, 1949.
- The Coast Guard disestablished the light as an active aid to navigation in 1994.
- In 1995, Hurricane Opal caused the light tower to tilt about 10-degrees and was left sitting precariously along the water's edge.
- The Cape St. George Lighthouse Society raised $50,000 from local residents and $160,000 in state grants to fix the tilt of the tower in 2002.
- The light tower fell into the Gulf of Mexico on 21 October 2005.
Researched and written by Melissa Buckler, a Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Light House Society volunteer.