Tybee Island Light Station was the first lighthouse I visited years ago. Recently, Tim and I decided to visit it again.
We climbed 178 steps to reach the top. The steps go around and around, and thank goodness there are landings where you can catch your breath on the way up.
Before the lighthouse ran on electricity, the station was manned by three Light Keepers. These men carried fuel to the top multiple times a day to keep the light shining.
Light Keepers also had to be able to supply their own food by gardening, raising chickens, and fishing for food. There are buildings on the property where keepers lived, there was a seperate building for storing the fuel, and there was a summer kitchen.
The Tybee Lighthouse was built in 1773 and has seen many changes over the years.
If you have the opportunity to visit the Tybee Light Station, I’d love to encourage you to go. The views from the observation deck are breathtaking.
I’d love to hear if you’ve ever visited a lighthouse. Do you have a favorite?
I think Tybee will always be my favorite because it was my first. (However, I have seen some spectacular lighthouses in Maine. But that’s a story for another day.)