St. Johns River Lighthouse (St. John's River Lighthouse), Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida
ST. JOHNS RIVER (MAYPORT) LIGHT
Location: ENTRANCE ST. JOHNS RIVER
Station Established: 1830
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1859
Foundation Materials: NATURAL/EMPLACED
Construction Materials: BRICK
Tower Shape: CONICAL
Markings/Pattern: RED W/WHITE LANTERN
Relationship to Other Structure: SEPARATE
Original Lens: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL 1867
- 1828 - 1st Congressional appropriation for the lighthouse.
- 1830 - 1st tower built.
- 1835 - 1st tower torn down, 2nd one built.
- 1859 - Present tower built.
- Civil War - Confederate sympathizer shot out tower’s light.
- 1867 - Tower relit on July 4.
- 1887 - Tower raised to present height.
- 1929 - Lighthouse was replaced by a lightship.
- 1954 - Modern beacon on naval station replaced the lightship.
- 1969 - Coast Guard turned the lighthouse over to the Navy.
- 1982 - Placed on National Register of Historic Places.
- William Livingston (1830-1831)
- Roque Leonardy (1831-1834)
- John Warren (1835 - unknown)
- Henry Maxey (unknown)
- Matthew Philips (unknown)
- John Daniels (Keeper during Civil War)
- William Henry Huston (1/14/1881 - 7/9/1882)
- George C. Acosta (7/9/1842 - 9/9/1842)
- William Henry Huston (9/9/1842 - possibly 1849)
Researched and written by Marie Vincent, a volunteer through the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.