Georgia Historical Society and Friends of Cockspur Island Lighthouse Rededicate Cockspur Island Lighthouse Historical Marker

Savannah, Ga., June 5, 2019 – The Georgia Historical Society and the Friends of Cockspur Island Lighthouse rededicated the Cockspur Island Lighthouse historical marker today in a ceremony at the Fort Pulaski National Monument.

Speakers included The Honorable Jason Buelterman, Mayor of the City of Tybee Island; Harvey Ferrelle III, President of Friends of Cockspur Island Lighthouse; Hunter Hall, Field Representative at the Office of U.S. Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter; Joe Amlung, President, Tybee Island Historical Society; and Pattye Meagher, Director of Communications at the Georgia Historical Society.
The original marker, dedicated in 2011, was destroyed by a tornado in 2017 that also damaged nearby Fort Pulaski.

The historical marker reads:

Cockspur Island Lighthouse

Designed and built in 1848 by noted New York architect, John Norris, also the architect for the U.S. Customs House, the Greene-Meldrim House, and the Mercer-Wilder House in Savannah, the Cockspur Island Lighthouse was destroyed by a hurricane in 1854, but rebuilt and enlarged the next year. At the start of the American Civil War, the light was temporarily extinguished. The lighthouse survived the 30 hour Union bombardment of Confederate held Fort Pulaski in 1862 and also two hurricanes in 1881 and 1893. When shipping lanes shifted in 1909, the light was again extinguished. In 1958, the US Coast Guard transferred control of the Cockspur Island Lighthouse to the National Park Service.


The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) administers Georgia’s historical marker program. Over the past 20 years, GHS has erected over 250 new historical markers across the state on a wide variety of subjects. GHS also maintains the more than 2,100 markers installed by the State of Georgia prior to 1998. Online mapping tools allow users to design driving routes based on historical markers, and a mobile app helps visitors locate and learn about markers nearby.Visit for more ways to use Georgia’s historical markers and experience history where it happened.

Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history. GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation.
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