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Lighthouse marks 145th year

Museum volunteers, members, donors, and staff came together to form a 145 at the base of the St. Augustine Lighthouse! Photo by Museum volunteer David Diomedes

SAINT AUGUSTINE – The St. Augustine Lighthouse celebrated 145 years Oct. 15..

This second St. Augustine tower was built from 1871 to 1874 and is topped with a first order Fresnel lens made especially for the St. Augustine Lighthouse in Paris, France.

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The Sweet City Cupcakes

The first lighting was by Lighthouse Keeper William Russell on October 15, 1874.

“The tower stands testament to a maritime heritage that is one of the foundations of our community,” said Kathy A. Fleming, the Museum’s Executive Director since 1994.

Architect Ken Smith oversaw the restoration of the tower working with then Museum director, the late Cullen Chambers. Smith has continued to oversee preservation efforts at the historic light tower ever since.

He was honored at the Oct. 15 event.

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Volunteers and Museum supporters Barbara Hamel, Robin Titus and Cindy Wasserbauer helped served cake at the 145th Member event.

About Anne Heymen (138 Articles)
Retired after 49 years in major media publication, Anne spends her time as Contributing Editor to PluggedIn whenever her two cats allow her some time to herself.

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