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Historic St Augustine Lighthouse
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© Christine Till
A couple of miles south of St. Augustine is Anastasia Island, the site of the St. Augustine lighthouse, Florida's most visited lighthouse.
In the mid 1500s, Spanish settlers built a wooden watchtower so an early warning could be sounded in case of enemy attack. In 1586, English explorer Sir Francis Drake saw the tower, investigated, discovered the town, and burned St. Augustine to the ground.
The watchtower was replaced many times, last by the Saint Augustine Lighthouse, which has been keeping its luminous eye on the Atlantic's endless horizon since 1874. For 130 years this tower of Alabama brick and Philadelphia iron has served as the home of light keepers and a beacon to sailors. Since its renovation in 1980, the lighthouse has been open to the public and serves as a historic landmark.
A staff of historians and protectors is eager to share the rich history of the nation's oldest port and the St. Augustine Lighthouse with you.
June 18th, 2013
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