Charleston SC Lighthouses

Dated: 02/03/2017

Views: 2176

Image result for morris island lighthouse

Morris Island Lighthouse


Lighthouses have been navigational beacons for maritime captains for hundreds of years. South Carolina is home to 11 lighthouses along the Atlantic coast, but only two of them are still functioning today. The US Coast Guard operates The Georgetown Lighthouse, built in 1811 on North Island, and our own Charleston Lighthouse on Sullivan’s Island. Three other lighthouses still shine decoratively. These are the Harbour Island Lighthouse (Hilton Head Island), the Governor’s Lighthouse (Little River), and Haig Point (Daufuskie Island).


The Charleston Lighthouse lights the entrance to the Charleston harbor. It stands 140 feet high with two rotating beacons that can be seen up to 26 miles away. The lighthouse has a triangular shape that allows it withstand hurricane force winds, which is vital on our coast. This lighthouse has been functioning since it was built in 1962, when the Morris Island Lighthouse was decommissioned.


The Morris Island Lighthouse was located off the northern coast of Folly Beach when it was built in 1876, but today, it sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and leans slightly. The island that was once home to a few cottages, a school house, and some other small buildings is now underwater and threatened by the ever-changing elements of the ocean. The first lighthouse, built in 1762, was 42-feet tall, but it was replaced in 1838 with a 102-foot tall structure with a revolving light. Although the Confederate army destroyed the structure during the Civil War, the government replaced the lighthouse immediately after the war.


To protect and restore this historical lighthouse, Save the Light, a grassroots, non-profit organization, is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to stabilize the structure. They have built a steel enclosure around the base of the lighthouse, placed boulders surrounding this enclosure, and installed new pilings to stabilize the foundation. Save the Light holds several events each year to raise funds. On February 4th, there will be a half-marathon and 5k run on Folly Beach. On March 30th, the 18th annual Lighthouse Gala and Auction will be held at The TIDES. Check out the Save the Light website to learn more and purchase tickets for any upcoming events.


Information from Sciway.net. Photo by Ryan Tamm on Flickr. 

Blog author image

Dan Lorentz

About Dan Lorentz, ABR, CRS, Founder & Team Leader of Greater Charleston Properties: Founder and Team Leader of the Greater Charleston Properties Team, Dan Lorentz, has lived in the Charleston, SC ....

Latest Blog Posts

Local Restaurant Openings And Hours

While some restaurants in the Charleston area have remained closed others have opened up in some form of limited capacity. See the list below for updates on restaurant openings and modified:

Read More

The Market We Live In

Considering a Move? Many buyers and sellers often ask the same questions about the current state of affairs that our market is in. A window of opportunity for the residential real estate market is

Read More

Charleston COIVD19 Update

These are unprecedented times for the world, our country and our Charleston community. Your health & safety are very important to me and our team! We are committed to supporting our clients and the

Read More

Gettin Lucky In The Lowcountry

March is upon us and with it comes one of Americans favorite holidays to celebrate, St. Patricks Day. Check out the list below to find out some of the best events going on in Charleston. St.

Read More