St. Augustine Lighthouse History

Lighthouse Technology: Fresnel Lens

2015-11-18T08:00:27-05:00November 18th, 2015|

Welcome to our newest blog series where we will examine the technological innovations that improved lighthouses and made coastlines around the world safer. Each installment of the blog series will cover an invention or technological application introduced at the St. Augustine Lighthouse in its history. This first installment will focus on the powerhouse of the lighthouse – the first order Fresnel lens. Lighthouse Illumination The first lighthouses, as we recognize them now, were simply bonfires [...]

Six Common Misconceptions about the St. Augustine Lighthouse

2020-11-11T11:30:06-05:00October 21st, 2015|

Six Common Misconceptions about the St. Augustine Lighthouse The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is a popular destination in our nation’s oldest city, but many misconceptions about it persist. Each of the following are NOT TRUE, but are often thought to be. Misconception #1 – The St. Augustine Lighthouse is Florida’s first lighthouse. The old St. Augustine Lighthouse Florida’s first lighthouse was the old St. Augustine Lighthouse (often called the Old Spanish [...]

Lighthouse History 1994 – 2014

2015-09-23T14:00:51-04:00September 23rd, 2015|

This ninth and final installment in our series on the history of the St. Augustine Lighthouse focuses on the recent history of the lighthouse and the creation of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Click the links below to read previous posts in the series: Lighthouse History Pre-1874 Lighthouse History 1874-1894 (Part I) Lighthouse History 1874-1894 (Part II) Lighthouse History 1894-1914 Lighthouse History 1914-1934 Lighthouse History 1934-1954 Lighthouse History 1954-1974 Lighthouse History 1974-1994 1994 – 2014 [...]

Lighthouse History Pre-1874

2014-11-18T13:22:12-05:00November 18th, 2014|

For 140 years, the St. Augustine Lighthouse has presented its beacon to sailors along the nation’s First Coast. It’s seen keepers and families come and go, witnessed the construction and removal of auxiliary structures, and adapted to new and innovative technologies, all while the community around it expands and evolves. This series of blog posts will explore that history, 20 (or so) years at a time. Pre – 1874 The story of the current St. [...]

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