Near Savannah, Georgia is the Island of Tybee where the immaculately preserved Light Station can be explored, courtesy of their historical society. Tybee Island was named “Savannah’s Beach” in 1950 and has long been a quiet getaway for residents of Savannah. The Island holds a strategic position near the mouth of the Savannah River which made it an ideal location for the lighthouse, first built in 1736. The lighthouse actually used to be the tallest structure in America.
Before the lighthouse was converted to run on electricity in 1933, three Light Keepers were needed to man the Light Station. They made frequent trips to the top of the lighthouse carrying fuel in large pails. Each keeper had his own house and today each of them still stand, immaculately intact.
The 178 steps to the top of the lighthouse will offer an expansive view of the Savannah River, 154 feet above sea level. It’s definitely worth the trip to the top!
I also learned something totally unsuspected; Tybee has pirate history!! In 1520, the Spanish claimed Tybee Island and they named it Los Bajos. The island was frequented by pirates who used the island to hide from those who pursued them. They also used the island’s waterways as a source of fresh water. Hundreds of years and a couple major invasions later, the islands were depopulated, allowing new English settlements such as the colony of Georgia.