Georgetown Lighthouse

Aug. 6, 2019

Georgetown Lighthouse, Georgetown, North Island, Georgetown County, South Carolina


Station Established: 1801
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1867
Operational? YES
Automated? YES 1986
Deactivated: N/A
Construction Materials: RUBBLESTONE
Height: 85'
Tower Shape: CONICAL
Markings/Pattern: White tower with black lantern room
Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL 1855
Characteristic: Fixed white

Historical Information:

  • 12 December 1795: a spot was acquired on North Island for a lighthouse for the harbor of Georgetown.  Seven acres were given for the purpose by Paul Trapier.
  • Light first lit in 1801.  The first tower was a 72-foot, wood pyramidal tower.  Also constructed was a two-story keeper’'s dwelling along with an oil storage tank.  The wooden tower was destroyed by a storm in 1806.
  • The tower was rebuilt in 1812 of brick.  It too was 72-feet tall.  A plaque above the tower's entrance noted: "This Light House was Erected / -1811- / CHARLES BROWN ESQ.R / SUPERINTENDENT / Walker & Evans / Undertakers Charleston S.O Carolina.
  • Sustained damage during the Civil War when it was used by Confederate forces as an observation tower.  It was captured by Union forces in May, 1862.
  • Rebuilt in 1867.
  • National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #74001857; Name of Listing: GEORGETOWN LIGHTHOUSE