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The Cape San Blas Lighthouse, dating from 1885, was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lighthouse, two keepers’ quarters, and its oil house were relocated in 2014 from the Cape to the town of Port St. Joe to protect the structures from shoreline erosion and to make this historic attraction more accessible for your enjoyment.
Rich with history, including an attack by Union Troops in 1862, the structure has survived a series of blows from storms, winds and high surf throughout the years. Mother Nature continued her own onslaught and Tropical Storm Isaac reclaimed the remaining shoreline forcing the lighthouse to close temporarily in 2012.
In honor of its historic and iconic presence, the City of Port St. Joe successfully moved the lighthouse to its protective shores on St. Joseph Bay to preserve and maintain the beloved structure.
On July 15, 2014, hundreds of people watched as the Lighthouse, its two Keepers’ Quarters and Oil House made its journey into Port St. Joe. The convoy, which was over 900 feet long and two lanes wide, was moved from the Gulf shores of Cape San Blas to its new location. The choreographed moving process took an entire day and required multiple power lines and a traffic light to be moved to accommodate the convoy on their safe journey. Locals and visitors alike were applauding with relief and pride as it came to its final stop in George Core Park. Hundreds gathered once again on July 24 to observe the Lighthouse as it was erected onto its new platform.
The lighthouse is open to the public and to climb the stairs and check out the view of St. Joe Bay is magnificent. It is simply amazing, like being on a mountain top. I suggest exploring it around sunset time for a one of a kind experience. You will not be disappointed!!!
Peter J. Burns – Burns Management Beach Vacation Rentals- www.two-palms.com