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This Day in Georgia History

September 06, 1998

Sapelo Lighthouse Lit

For the first time since severely damaged by a hurricane in 1898, the 80-foot-tall Sapelo Island Lighthouse was turned on. Originally constructed in 1820, the lighthouse - which served ships destined for the port at Darien became part of a chain of 15 lighthouses that dotted Georgia’s coast. Now, it joined the Tybee and St. Simons lighthouses as three functioning navigation beacons along the coast of Georgia. The restoration of the Sapelo Island lighthouse took eight months and cost $500,000.