Tybee Island Light House (Savannah, GA)

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I started this blog two months ago to document the changes that were going to happen in my life this year. I wanted to push myself and go on adventures, holding nothing back and live life to the fullest. As you may have read my husband and I created a list of 10 things we have to before 2016 and among that list was a picnic at a lighthouse. Well yesterday we did just that! Well if I am honest we didn’t have a picnic there because food wasn’t permitted but all things considered we saw and climbed up a lighthouse!

10 Must Do’s 2015 

  1. Have Dinner in Manhattan (Visit NYC)
  2. Spend a whole night on a beach
  3. Have a picnic at a lighthouse
  4. Ride in a Hot Air Ballon
  5. Go Dune Bugging 
  6. Gambling 
  7. Niagara Falls
  8. Road-trip through Florida 
  9. Pet a Dolphin 
  10. Do the dreaded Polar Plunge

The Tybee Island Light Station and Museum is definitely a must see if you are visiting Savannah anytime soon.  The lighthouse was built in 1773 and this was the third light house built on Tybee Island (30 min IMG_1885e of Savannah). In 1861 it was burned by the confederates and rebuilt in 1867 after the Civil War. The bottom 60 feet is the original lighthouse built in 1773 but the top 85 feet was reconnected in 1867. IMG_1893IMG_1935
David and I climbed the 178 steps to the top and I know that doesn’t sound like a lot of steps but believe me we were panting by the time we got to the top. There are two 1,000 watt bulbs at the top that run for twenty-four hours a day and when one burns out the other lights up.

The museum was so fun to see and learn about because I have always thought houses were beautiful but I never once thought about the life that was once lived there. I know respect light keepers! Having to climb so many steps multiple times a day would be insane! We also got to walk around in the house that the light keepers family lived in.

Before the Lighthouse was converted to electricity in 1993 three light keepers were required to man the light station. Like I said before they had to make multiple trips up the lighthouse steps per day while carrying fuel in large piles. A fun fact about Tybee Light is that it is the most used light house in the united states.

I found one photograph of the couple that lived there long ago hanging on the wall of the old cottage and it made me smile. How beautiful there love looked! The whole place had a very peaceful vibe to it.

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Savannah itself is a very fun city. After we left the light we explored a shopping square called City Market. It was alive and active. We say a live band and Savannah famous candy shop. And believe me the candy was delicious. You could tell the city had a history, character, and lots of culture. I can’t want to go back because it was that beautiful and interesting.

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