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    - Ian Wilson

    Crooked River Lighthouse and Northwest Florida's Historic Lighthouses

    I've just returned from north Florida, where I visited Carrabelle and St. George Island to film a video for my blog. I'm excited to share my experiences with you. You will soon be able to watch the video of my excursion but for now, here are photos and a synopsis of my observations.

    The sparkling beauty of Carrabelle's 103-foot iron Crooked River Lighthouse impressed me a lot as did its Keeper's House and the period furnishings within. Nearby, I climbed the Cape St. George Lighthouse, which was saved from disaster in the Gulf by dedicated volunteers.

    The St. Marks Lighthouse is in the nearby National Wildlife Refuge. This beacon has withstood 100 storms on its 12-foot limestone base and has the Fresnel lens from 1867 still safely ensconced in its lantern room. This area is particularly rich for birding.

    On April 16, Florida Lighthouse Day, the Crooked River beacon will open from 12 to 9 p.m. It's the perfect night to climb under a full moon. During the day, maritime history tours will be conducted in the Keeper's House Museum. The St. George Island lighthouse will be open for climbing, and their event features food and live music from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Not sure which lighthouse to visit? Here's a detailed list to ponder. Can't make it this year? Watch this interesting video tour of the St. Marks Light!
    For this and other ideas on things to do while in Florida, don't forget to go to VISIT FLORIDA's things to do section.