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Chatham County Historical Markers

Cockspur Island Lighthouse


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Cockspur Island Lighthouse
  • Location: Located in the parking area near the Ft. Pulaski NP Visitors center

Cockspur Island Lighthouse

Designed and built in 1848 by renowned architect John S. Norris to mark the entrance to the South Channel of the Savannah River, the Cockspur Island Lighthouse was destroyed by a hurricane in 1854. A larger replacement was built on the same foundation in 1855. During the American Civil War, the light was temporarily extinguished. The lighthouse survived the 30-hour Union bombardment of Confederate-held Fort Pulaski in 1862 andhurricanes in 1881 and 1893. By the late 1800s, shipping had moved to the North Channel of the Savannah River. The lighthouse was no longer needed and was deactivated in 1909. In 1958, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred the lighthouse to the National Park Service.

2011.13 Erected by the Georgia historical Society and the Friends of the Cockspur Island lighthouse 25-41