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Name: Hunting Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Beaufort, South Carolina, United States

Location: Hunting Island


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Photo: Joost Keesing
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Managing Organization:
Hunting Island State Park

Telephone: 843-838-2011

Website: http://www.huntingisland.com

Contact Address Information:
2555 Sea Island Parkway
Hunting Island
South Carolina, 29920, United States

Notes:
This lighthouse is endangered by erosion; Hunting Island is losing about 15 feet per year. It was moved more than a mile from the beach in 1889.

Tower Height: 136

Height of Focal Plane: 140

Characteristic and Range: Fixed white light with a more intense flash every 30 seconds.

Description of Tower: Brick-lined conical cast iron tower, top third black, lower two thirds white.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1859: Brick tower, destroyed in Civil War.

Date Established: 1859

Date Present Tower Built: 1875

Tower Moved?
1889

Date Deactivated: 1933-?

Optics: 1875: Second order Fresnel lens

Current Use: Historic attraction.

Open To Public? Yes.

Museum?
Lighthouse tours are held daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are self-guided with an attendant on duty to answer questions. Guided tours are held three times a week from March to November. (After being closed for repairs for 21 months, the lighthouse reopened in February 2005.)

Directions:
Hunting Island State Park is 16 miles east of Beaufort on US 21.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Nearby Lodging: Camping and overnight cabins are available at Hunting Island State Park.

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