HUNTING ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
Hunting Island’s iconic lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. One of eight existing lighthouses on the South Carolina coast, it is the only one regularly open to the public. The climb to the top (167 steps) offers a spectacular view of the beach, surrounding waterways, other islands, and the Atlantic Ocean. There is a small fee to climb the lighthouse, and you must be at least 44” tall to go up safely. Video climb of lighthouse.
The first lighthouse on Hunting Island, constructed of brick in 1859, was built to guide vessels along the coast between Charleston and Savannah and into Port Royal and St. Helena Sounds, the site of important deep-water shipping ports. It warned ships of the dangerous shoals, sandbars, and reefs along this stretch of the South Carolina coast.
THE STORY OF THE HUNTING ISLAND LIGHT STATION
On February 2, 2021 a wonderful surprise took place at the Hunting Island Lighthouse.
A family showed up, with lovely voices, and began singing inside taking advantage of the natural acoustics of this incredible treasure.
FOHI member Laura Scott Boozer just happened to be there and took a video capturing this hauntingly beautiful event. Laura met the family and it turned out that Mr. Turner is the grandson of our Keeper James William Turner from the 1920's! Here is a picture of the family from their Facebook Page TURNER FAMILY BAND. Thank you to all the Turner's for keeping this Lighthouse kept so well. Read more about the Keepers.