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Amelia Island Lighthouse | by Brian Menges
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Amelia Island Lighthouse

In my hotel room, over the sink in the kitchen, was a picture of a lighthouse. The photo is tightly cropped around the top of the lighthouse. The most striking part is that visible in front and behind the lighthouse is what looks like a forest. I was mesmerized by this photo ever since I arrived and wanted to find out where it was taken. I learned that it is a photo of a lighthouse on Amelia island and it's near Fort Clinch State Park. When Mike said he wanted to go to see the fort we made sure that we had enough time to find a good vantage point to see the lighthouse.


From Wikipedia: The Amelia Island Light is the oldest existing lighthouse in the state of Florida. Its light marks St. Marys Entrance, the inlet leading to St. Marys River, the Cumberland Sound and the harbor of Fernandina Beach, Florida along the Amelia River. The white light flashes every ten seconds which turns red from 344° to 360° when covering the shoal water in the vicinity of Nassau Sound.


The lighthouse was built in 1838 using materials taken from the former lighthouse on Cumberland Island in Georgia just north of the inlet. The brick tower was originally 50 feet (15 m) tall placed on a hill. In 1881, a lantern was installed on the tower increasing the tower height to 64 feet (20 m) with the focal plane height of 107 feet (33 m) above see level.

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Taken on June 11, 2014