Lighthouses of the Sunshine State

Event Type: Library Program
Age Group(s): Adult, Teen, School Age
Date: 5/19/2018
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
 Join us for a Special Collections Speaker series presentation! Over 50 lighthouses stand as silent sentinels along Florida’s 1,300 miles of coast. From shifting sandbars to reef-strewn shallows lighthouses have endured hurricanes, earthquakes, even military attack. From the tops of lighthouses, keepers have watched ships come to grief and reported the destruction of U-boats during World War II. Taking many shapes and rising to various heights, Florida’s lighthouses are descendants of one of the earliest known aid-to-navigation systems in North America. From St. Augustine’s 16th century signal towers to an inland lighthouse in Lake George, Florida has a rich tradition in lighting its coast. The Sunshine State’s lighthouses have been a source of curiosity, folklore and refuge. This presentation follows the history Florida’s lighthouses and includes select stories from our legacy of lighting the coast. Free and open to the public.
Library: Beaches Branch Library
Location: Community Room
Presenter: Brendan Burke