Cedar Key Light, Seahorse Key across the harbor from Cedar Key, Florida
CEDAR KEYS (SEAHORSE KEY) LIGHT
SEAHORSE KEY, GULF OF MEXICO FLORIDA
Station Established: 1854
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1854
Foundation Materials: GRANITE PILE W/PLATFORM
Construction Materials: BRICK WITH WOODEN ADDITIONS ADDED AFTER DECOMMISSIONING
Tower Shape: HEXAGONAL
Markings/Pattern: WHITE TOWER ON DWELLING
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER FRESNEL
- The light on Cedar Key was built in 1854. Cedar Key is also known as Seahorse Key.
- Seahorse Key is part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.
- Cedar Keys Light is the oldest standing lighthouse on Florida’s west coast.
- The light was discontinued in 1915. It now serves as a dormitory for the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory.
- The light is not open to the public.
Researched and written by Melissa Buckler, a volunteer through the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.