Lighthouse History

The Lamp Changer

2018-03-07T12:06:16-05:00March 7th, 2018|

Did you know that the Lighthouse can change its own lightbulb? Well, it can and has been doing so for many years now. In 1936, electricity was first brought to the Lighthouse. This meant significant changes for the Lighthouse keepers since they no longer had to carry buckets of kerosene to the top of the lighthouse to burn in the lamp to create the light. Now light bulbs did the work of producing the light! [...]

Enlightened: Episode 1, Part 2

2017-01-18T11:23:42-05:00January 18th, 2017|

Did you know the U.S. Lighthouse Service initially declined the use of Fresnel lenses? In part two of our first episode of Enlightened! (click here if you haven't seen it yet!), find out why the federal government refused to utilize these revolutionary new lenses even after they were adopted throughout much of Europe. Enlightened! is a St. Augustine Lighthouse educational program designed to serve our mission to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of [...]

Conservators Puzzle a Concrete Mystery

2016-11-23T08:00:32-05:00November 23rd, 2016|

While waiting for the new conservation building to begin construction, the staff has been cleaning up around the old and new work sites. In the process, Starr found something pretty interesting. She was sweeping up in front of the World War 2 era garage and noticed a number of markings in the concrete. The markings are all last names and dates they were written in the concrete. So far we can read: Muller, Warren, French [...]

We’re Still Here: Hurricanes and St. Augustine

2016-11-09T08:00:12-05:00November 9th, 2016|

It’s been about a month now since Hurricane Matthew took a swipe at St. Augustine and the rest of Florida’s East Coast before basically tracking along the shoreline up to North Carolina and finally heading out to sea. Low-lying residential areas, especially along the beaches and inland waterways, were hit hard with floodwaters and many downed trees and power lines. Downtown St. Augustine suffered flooding as well. The Hurricane and the Lighthouse The St. Augustine [...]