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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


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

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?

Date Deactivated: 1933-?

Optics: 1875: Second order Fresnel lens

Current Use: Historic attraction.

Open To Public? Yes.

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.)

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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