by Nick Baldwin, Florida Lighthouse Association
January 7, 2009
ST. MARKS LIGHTHOUSE - St. Marks, FL
- Active: Yes
- Characteristics: Occulting white light every four seconds (electric flasher)
- Height: 88 feet, 80 steps
- History: Constructed 1829-1830, 1842. First Lighted 1831,1842. On National Register Listing.
- Lens: Original: Fifteen Lewis Argand lamps with fourteen-inch reflectors; Winslow Lewis (1831). Present: Forth-order fixed Fresnel lens; Henry-Lepaute (1867). Focal Plane: 82 feet.
- Construction: Architect: Winslow Lewis. Builder: Benjamin Beal and Jairus Thayer (first tower); Calvin Knowlton (second and third towers). Conical brick tower constructed of brick and iron.
- Other Buildings: Attached 1871 keeper's dwelling.
- 30 04 18 N
- 84 10 48 W
- Operated by: United States Coast Guard & St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
- Visit Status: Grounds Only
- Days Open: Refuge Open Daily
- Facilities: None, no handicap access
- Hours Open: Refuge is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
- Visitor Info: Grounds only, access through St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
- Admission: Free ($5.00 admission to the Wildlife Refuge)