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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

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Louis Yamonico

Well I was hoping to get some sunrise pictures of this lighthouse on the beach early in the morning but unlike most lighthouses this one is not on a beach. However I did get what I think is the best picture I have taken early that morning which is the cover photo here.

First lit in 1874, the lighthouse still serves its original purpose to the city of St. Augustine. The unique paint scheme on this tower really announces the presence of it and the city and can be seen from most places. At night as you can see in the picture it really glows. You may not know this but I am deathly afraid of heights. I did however climb all 219 step of this tower in order to get some pictures for your viewing pleasure from outside the top deck. I did manage to get a couple of good shots as i clung to the side of the tower. The steps are an obstacle in themselves and I do not recommend this place to anyone with health problems that would prevent them from climbing the steps. There is no elevator here in the lighthouse. You can also here feel the weight of the old pig fat filled buckets that they used to have to carry up these steps to keep the old lights burning. This was not an easy task back in the late 1800’s to 1900’s.

There is more to see then just the lighthouse. The keepers house is an interesting exhibit as well. You will see some antique furnishings upstairs and this odd Florida house actually contains a basement. The basement has some great items discoed from some local shipwrecks of ships used in the revolutionary war. There is also a Heritage Boat works where you can see some replications of some ancient boats created by the first settlers.

There is also a WW2 exhibit on grounds compliments of the US Coast Guard where you can learn about St. Augustine’s role in World War II. Overall if you go to St. Augustine thiis location should be among your must see stops.

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