Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hunting Island Lighthouse - hits of history

As more and more people are choosing homeschooling and seek alternative school options that offer out of the box curriculum, we all seem to be looking for that chance to go a little bit deeper into areas our children show an aptitude for or keen interest in. In the state of South Carolina, we are so spoiled for extensions to lessons in a wide range of American history. Herewith, some hits of history (in quick, blog fashion) from one of our favorite SC destinations... the Hunting Island Lighthouse:
  • The lighthouse was built in 1859 and has 167 steps. This is the only publicly accessible lighthouse in the state of South Carolina.
  • Civil War Link - At the beginning of the Civil War, the lighthouse was dismantled by the Confederates in fear that the Union soldiers would claim it for their own and use it for navigation.
  •  In 1875, the lighthouse was redesigned to travel! Clever craftsmen sought to preserve the lighthouse by creating a shell of cast iron segments that could be taken apart, moved, and reassembled at a safer location. This maneuver actually took place in 1889 when the lighthouse was moved 1.3 miles inland due to beach erosion. 
  • In 1893, a hurricane caused the steamship City of Savannah to run aground off the shoreline here.
  • The lighthouse was deactivated in 1933 and is currently used for historical tours. The eroding shoreline continues to threaten the lighthouse, claiming more ground each year. 

The stunning view is well worth the trek to the top. We chose to tent camp on this particular visit. Our camp site was just behind the row of palm trees at the edge of the beach (you can request one of these semi-primitive sites that you park and walk your gear into).

Hunting Island Lighthouse
click here for all the details on this lighthouse located within Hunting Island State Park.
If you go, please note the following:
  • Children must be taller than 44" to climb to the top of the lighthouse. Something for younger children to study now and look forward to climbing later!
  • There is a $2 admission fee per person to climb to the top.
Book link: We love the Lighthouse Keeper series - check it out here

This post compiled to Shallows - Daughter

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