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CLOSED March 16 for two weeks due to COVID-19

2020-03-16T10:30:07-04:00March 16th, 2020|

The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is always our top priority at the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, we will close the museum beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and continuing for 14 days. Major Florida museums across the state are starting to close for two weeks to flatten the curve and to preserve the LONG TERM HEALTH of our tourism-based economy. [...]

Museum Notice: COVID-19 – St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum to remain open

2020-03-13T17:02:28-04:00March 13th, 2020|

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is always our top priority at the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.   As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, we are doing everything we can help to minimize the risk of virus transmission in the community. We are following the guidelines published by the CDC and local health authorities. And will continue to actively monitor the situation [...]

1760 British Yawl wooden boat recreated by Heritage Boatworks volunteers

2020-03-11T09:44:06-04:00March 11th, 2020|

 Vessel built at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum for re-enactment group Heritage Boatworks volunteers at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum have completed a replica of a 1760 Yawl wooden sailing vessel. This commission for HMS Bellisarius, a re-enactment group, was handcrafted for near three years. “Using plans from 1760, the boat builders have constructed a working Yawl. These boats were adopted by the British Navy in 1701 as the smallest class [...]

Smithsonian’s Because of Her Story: Mary Postell

2020-01-30T10:15:03-05:00January 29th, 2020|

Mary Postell A freed slave after the American Revolutionary War, Mary Postell was born in South Carolina, enslaved again in St. Augustine, Florida, where she and her daughter were kidnapped, and then taken to Nova Scotia, Canada, by her owner in 1786. In St. Augustine and Canada, Mary tried to prove her freedom in court houses. Her story was written below for a presentation for summer camp students at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime [...]

New Science Channel Series Shipwreck Secrets reveals SS Cotopaxi discovered in St. Augustine, Florida

2020-01-28T15:48:48-05:00January 28th, 2020|

(New York) – Since the SS Cotopaxi disappeared in 1925, it has become one of the most famous stories associated with the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. On November 29, 1925 the steam powered bulk carrier set off on a standard trip from Charleston, South Carolina to Havana, Cuba. No one knows where or how it vanished and none of bodies of the 32 passengers on board were ever recovered. It is one of the [...]

Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, Inc. awarded a $499,999 grant

2020-01-17T16:04:32-05:00January 17th, 2020|

The St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, Inc. (LAMP) has been awarded a $499,999 grant for the First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project: Hurricane Irma Damage Assessment and Mitigation Strategy from a Hurricane Irma National Park Service Subgrant from the Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources. Funding for this program is provided by the National Park Service (NPS) pursuant to its Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria (HIM) Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) Grant Program. [...]

Museum Volunteer Spotlight: Larry Wittmer

2020-01-17T16:25:17-05:00January 15th, 2020|

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Larry Wittmer Museum volunteer Larry Wittmer volunteers at the base and the tower of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, greeting visitors and answering guest questions. Q: How many years have you volunteered at the Museum? A: One + years. Q: What compels you to volunteer? A: I really believe in “OUR LIGHTHOUSE” and its mission. It is very special to live in such an historic American city as St Augustine. I want to be a part [...]

Sept. 4: New Ghost Hunters episode at the St. Augustine Lighthouse airs on A&E

2019-08-27T12:31:00-04:00August 27th, 2019|

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – They’re back! Attention Ghost Hunter fans: Third time’s a charm! The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will be featured at 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 4 on A&E in a new episode of Ghost Hunters called “Return to St. Augustine.” Prior to 2019, the original Ghost Hunters (TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society), filmed at the St. Augustine Lighthouse in 2006 and 2008. From the A&E website: “Grant (Wilson) returns to the [...]

Handcrafted wooden strip kayak offered through silent auction

2019-08-20T15:21:46-04:00August 20th, 2019|

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is offering a handcrafted wooden kayak to the community through a silent auction. Created by volunteers in Heritage Boatworks, the kayak is made from strips of red cedar, mahogany and cypress coated with fiberglass. Heritage Boatworks volunteers working on the strip kayak. This unique design features the St. Augustine Lighthouse spelled out in in Morse code which runs along one side, made from [...]

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