2021 Roadtrip to St. Marks Lighthouse in St. Marks Florida on March 11th

My visit

While Sadie and I were driving through the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, we were able to check out the St. Marks Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located at the farthest point of the refuge along the St. Marks River. The lighthouse was closed to visitors, but we got to explore the area around the base of the lighthouse.

General Info

(from https://www.stmarksrefuge.org/lh-icon)

The St. Marks Lighthouse has been a navigational beacon for over a century and a half, guiding recreational, military, and merchant vessels from around the world to the mouth of the St. Marks River. The structure consists of the light keeper's house attached to the 88 - foot tower, both resting on a 12- foot thick limestone base. According to local legend, the limestone blocks are from the ruins of old Fort San Marcos de Apalachee. There are 85 spiral steps that extend up brick tower to the lantern room; the first 72 are wood and the last thirteen are iron. The tower walls are four feet thick at the base, tapering to 18 inches at the top. From 1867 until 2014 the lantern room contained a fourth order Fresnel lens. Over the years, oil, kerosene, and electricity have powered the lamp which can be seen in the range of 12 - 14 miles, depending on light conditions. The St. Marks Lighthouse tower has always been white with a black lantern top. The keeper's house has four- foot thick brick walls with twelve windows and two chimneys. Two exterior doors open onto the long covered porch.

Check out the Florida Lighthouse gallery by clicking here!

My 2021 Roadtrip Slideshow

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