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.
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.