After visiting Tybee Island Lighthouse, I drove along the scenic Georgia coast called the “Golden Isles” to St. Simons Lighthouse.
A little tired after a long day, I welcomed the chance to sit down and draw the lighthouse. As the sun was setting, a blaze of light bounced off the lighthouse. It seemed to refresh the lighthouse and me. For now the lighthouse was receiving light instead of giving it.
The Lighthouse Service has a great record on the treatment of women. But it falls short on its treatment of non whites. Slaves and free men of color served on a limited basis during the 1800s. Perhaps the first lighthouse staff member killed in war was African American Aaron Carter. He perished after the Seminoles attacked Cape Florida Lighthouse near Miami in 1836. He is recorded as being a free man of color. The same year, an elderly African American woman assisted in the keeping of St. Simons Lighthouse.
The St. Simons Lighthouse is located on St. Simons Island 30 miles from Brunswick, Georgia. The lighthouse is owned by the Georgia Coastal Historical Society. The St. Simons Museum includes the lighthouse and Keeper’s dwelling. Visitors may climb the lighthouse and visit the Keeper’s dwelling.