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Tybee Island Lighthouse Savannah GA
On our first trip to Washington DC, the Tybee Island Lighthouse & Museum near Savannah was the seventh stop on our Roadtrippers itinerary. It was a little late in the afternoon and we were a bit tired.
We learned that Fort Screven was actually a part of the Lighthouse admission package, but the fort was closed at the time as it was under construction or something.
Since we didn’t get to see the fort, we decided we would come back here another time we found ourselves passing through here.
I really didn’t want to miss half of the attraction. At the same time, I didn’t want to see one half at full price and then have to pay the same full price later on to see the other half. Then I’m paying double to see the whole attraction and no… we don’t play that way.
Road trips are expensive enough.
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About Tybee Island Lighthouse Savannah GA
Tybee Island’s 145 foot tall lighthouse is the oldest and tallest lighthouse in all of Georgia so it’s kind of a big deal. It’s actually one of the most intact historic lighthouses is all of America.
General James Oglethorpe ordered the construction of this light beacon in 1732. Construction of the lighthouse completed in 1736 but a storm took it out in 1741. Thomas Sumner rebuilt the lighthouse the following year with stone and wood.
But the second tower ended up being swept away by erosion and encroaching tides. So a third one was built in it’s place by John Mullryne in 1773. This one was based in bricks with wooden stairs and landings which is still remains intact inside the current lighthouse.
Fort Screven, Battery Garland and the Tybee Island Lighthouse & Museum are located at 30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island, Georgia. Admission is regularly $9, or $7 for seniors, military, or children. Admission covers the fort and the lighthouse.
Second Visit to Tybee Island Lighthouse Savannah GA
On our road trip with my bestie to Savannah in February of 2020, we decided to come back through here to try and visit again. It was a little bit of a drive so it was kind of like a trip within a trip!
We parked at Fort Screven and walked over to the lighthouse.
We went into the gift shop to purchase tickets and looked around for souvenirs. While we were waiting in the line, we heard that the cottages were closed for renovation so we wouldn’t be able to see them. Only the lighthouse and fort.
We aren’t the types that will pay full price to see half of the attraction. We discussed amongst ourselves and decided we would try to swing back through here on our DC trip to visit again when we could see everything. So… once again… we didn’t get to see the fort or lighthouse other than the outside.
Like Fort Screven, it really kind of sucks that we’ve been here twice and haven’t gotten past the entrance yet. But I’m okay with that knowing that we will come back and things will be improved when we do.
Third time’s a charm, right? I’m confident we’ll get to do and see it all when we go there again. And I think it will be even more special…er when we do!
I’m fairly sure I’d recommend this stop, there’s just so much to see. Have you been there? I’d love to hear what you thought of it. Please drop a few lines in the comments box below and let me know how your visit went.
In the meantime, safe travels!
Written by Kris M.
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