In honor of National Lighthouse Day this Saturday, we decided to share some of the most popular lighthouses around the Lowcountry—and encourage you to take a road trip to tour some of these iconic sites while you still can.
Built in 1876, Morris Island Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse in South Carolina. It’s located on Folly Beach near Charleston, and has been inactive since 1962. Standing at 161-feet tall, Morris Island Light has survived two hurricanes and an earthquake.
This is the oldest lighthouse in South Carolina. Built in 1801, it is still on the active lighthouse list and is one the National Register of Historic Places. It stands at 87-feet tall and is built with rubblestone and brick.
The Harbour Town Lighthouse is the most recognizable symbol of Hilton Head Island and Sea Pines Resort. Built in 1970, it lights up, but it is not used as a navigational beacon. The site is open for tours year-around.
The first lighthouse built on Daufuskie Island, Haig Point Lighthouse was built in 1873. Part of a private resort community, the lighthouse is community-owned and serves as an event site. It’s structure is unique in that it is reminiscent of the lighthouses built in the northern U.S., where the tower and living space are joined together.
This pair of brick lighthouses rest southeast of McClellanville on the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. The smaller lighthouse was built in 1827 and has been inactive since 1858. The larger one was built in 1858 and has been inactive since 1957. Both have survived Hurricane Hugo and were named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
Happy (early) National Lighthouse Day, everyone!