Cape Florida Lighthouse at Key Biscayne

Welcome friends.  Today I’m going to take you on a little tour with me to Key Biscayne.  My sweet youngest daughter knows how much I love lighthouses so she took me to Cape Florida Lighthouse on my birthday.

It was a beautiful day and the trip to the lighthouse was a wonderful birthday present.

Cape Florida Lighthouse on Key Biscayne is in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.  First a little history.

 In 1822 and 1824 Congress appropriated over $10,000 to build a lighthouse at Cape Florida.  In July 1824 a contract for Cape Florida Lighthouse and two other lighthouses in Key West and the Dry Tortugas went to Samuel B. Lincoln of Boston.  He and his crew sailed from Boston in August along with plans and materials for the lighthouses bound for Florida.  They never arrived and the theory, though not proved, is that his ship sank with no survivors.

Noah Humphreys took over the project, and by the end of 1825 the sixty-five-foot brick tower with wood stairs was complete.  The first keeper appointed to serve was John Dubose .

In July 1836, a band of Seminole Indians attacked the lighthouse while keeper Dubose was in Key West visiting his family.  The lighthouse sustained substantial damage and the threat of further hostilities prevented repairs and re-establishment of the light.  The lighthouse remained out of service until 1847.

During the 1850’s a lighthouse renovation increased the elevation of the lighthouse to 95 feet with a new second-order Fresnel lens.  It remained in service until 1861 after Florida seceded from the union.  Southern sympathizers removed the lamp from the tower and smashed the prisms of the lens.  They did not want the lighthouse used by Union sailors to control the surrounding waters.

After the Civil War the repaired lighthouse went back in service in 1866 .  On June 15, 1878 the offshore Fowey Rocks Lighthouse replaced it and the Cape Florida Lighthouse went out of service.

By the 1920’s the coastline eroded to the point that the lighthouse was only ten feet from the water.  Over time tropical storms took their toll by destroying the keeper’s house and out buildings.

The Federal Government rejected the lighthouse as a Historic Landmark twice but the State of Florida came to the rescue and purchased the lighthouse along with the tip of Key Biscayne in 1966.  Florida honored the Miami news editor who spearheaded the campaign to save the lighthouse and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park opened in January 1967.

The lighthouse, keeper’s house, outhouse, cook house,and cistern (above) rebuild in 1978 fell victim to Hurricane Andrew in 1992.  Hurricane Andrew caused major damage to the tower.  The state again came to the rescue, restoring it in time for Miami’s Centennial Celebration in 1996.

My husband who was a Registered Land Surveyor would have found this marker near the lighthouse and its story interesting.

The plaque placed by the Historical Association of Southern Florida tells more about the marker and its significance.

Key Biscayne

We watched this beautiful sailboat off Key Biscayne.  Are those houses on stilts out in the water?

The water was so calm and serene.

Sweet photo on the beach at Biscayne Bay.

William Powell Bridge back to Miami from Key Biscayne.

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If you enjoyed reading about the Cape Florida Lighthouse on Key Biscayne check out two other lighthouses I’ve visited in Southern Florida.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

 Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

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This latest edition of Vintage Fascination is coming to you from Florida.  I’ve visited another lighthouse that I want to share with you, Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.

It is Hillsboro Inlet Light.

This historic marker tells the story of the Light Station.  The US congress approved a light in 1901 to fill a 90-mile void between Jupiter and the Cape of Florida.

Manufactured in Detroit, Michigan the light went into service in 1907.

This monument commemorates all the light keepers through 1998.

The skeletal lighthouse is 142 feet tall with 175 stairs leading to the 9 feet diameter Fresnel lens.

This drawbridge operates every 15 minutes allowing access from the intercostal waterway through the inlet to the Atlantic ocean.  This drawbridge spans the narrow part of the inlet between Pompano and Hillsboro Beaches.

My daughter remarked that the Pelicans look like a prehistoric bird.  She may be right.

These lovely condos are across the inlet from the lighthouse.  What a beautiful view they must have of the ocean and lighthouse!

There is a lighthouse museum at the inlet park in Pompano Beach.   Most importantly, you can lean more about the lighthouse by visiting  Hillsboro Lighthouse Organization.

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Wordless Wednesday 103 – Tybee Lighthouse

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Vintage Fascination No. 92 – Savannah – Georgia’s Oldest City

Welcome to Vintage Fascination – vacation edition.  This week my daughter and grandson along with yours truly are spending a few days on Tybee Island just a stone’s throw from Savannah Georgia.

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While those two have some fun in the sun I’m going to take you on a little tour of Savannah.

Old Cotton Warehouse River Street Savannah

 On February 12, 1733 when James Oglethorpe and a group of colonists landed on the coast,  they founded Savannah about 18 miles up the Savannah River from the Atlantic.  Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city and there is quite a bit to see and do.  In my short time here we will only scratch the surface of what Savannah has to offer.  Let’s just say this isn’t my first time here.

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Davenport House on Columbia Square

During the 1950’s demolishing many of Savannah’s historic houses and building was commonplace and no one intervened until the Davenport House in Columbia Square was  due to be torn down in 1955.   A group came together and saved the lovely old home of Isaiah Davenport just in the nick of time with only 24 hours before its demolition.  Saving the Davenport House was the catalyst for an organized preservation movement (Historic Savannah Foundation).  The Foundation has gone on to save hundreds of buildings and houses in Savannah.

Owens Thomas House Savannah

Owens Thomas House on Oglethorpe Square

The Owens-Thomas house is well-known for being the best example of English Regency style in the United States and occupies an entire block.

Andrew Low House Savannah

Andrew Low House on Lafayette Square

Andrew Low House National Register

The Andrew Low House has one of Savannah’s most stunning ironwork balconies.

Mercer-Williams House Savannah

(Mercer-Williams House on Monterey Square)

Remember the best-selling book Goodnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?  This house was a main character in both the book and the 1997 movie by the same name starring Kevin Spacey and directed by Clint Eastwood.

City Market Savannah

City Market looks like this today with shops and restaurants but back in 1755 it was a public market where fisherman and farmers brought their goods to sell.   The original market burned in 1788 and its replacement burned in 1820.  The third market razed after the Civil War.  In 1872 the city built the fourth City Market only for it to slip into decay with the death of “King Cotton”.   In 1954 to make way for a new parking deck the fourth city market was town down.

River Street Savannah

River Street paved with 200-year-old cobblestones is so much more than restaurants and shops.   Historic River Street on the Savannah River was once a thriving commerce district with the street lined with cotton warehouses.  The area sat abandoned for over a century but city planners changed all that in the 1970’s.  The deserted warehouses became shops, restaurants and art galleries.   The River Street renewal project not only strengthened downtown Savannah it also helped rejuvenate the Historic District.

Mickve Israel Georgia Historical Marker

There are many beautiful churches in Savannah.

Mickve Israel

Congregation Mickve Israel is one of the oldest in the country organized in 1735.

The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist Savannah

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist next is on the corner next to Lafayette Square.  Construction on the Victorian French Gothic cathedral began 1873 with completion and dedecation in 1876; however, the organization of the congregation was in the late 1700’s by immigrants from Haiti.
Colonial Park Cemetery
Colonial Park Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Savannah’s earliest city citizens.  In another post I am going to share Bonaventure Cemetery and Tybee Island.
Well that is just a taste of what Historic Savannah has to offer.  Thanks for sticking with me today while I gush over one of my favorite cities in the world.

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Wordless Wednesday 87 – Mable House In Bloom

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Wordless Wednesday #64 – The Mable House

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From the post Early Spring Visit To The Mable House

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Early Spring Visit to the Mable House

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Today I am sharing a bit of local history with you.  The Mable House is just a couple of miles from my house and it is the site of many fun times with family and friends.  When my kids were in elementary school they sang during the lighting of the Christmas Tree and they took art classes in the historic house.  Now the Mable House Organization consists of the Historic House, Art Center, and Amphitheatre.

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Today my focus is on the Historic House.
“Robert Mable (1803-1885), a native of Scotland, immigrated to Savannah, Georgia.  When he heard of the Georgia Gold Land Lottery of 1832, Mable purchased 300 acres in the area that became Cobb County.  He and his family lived in a log cabin until 1843 when he built a sawmill and began construction of a plantation plain house.  Upon moving into the Mable House, the cabin became the location of the first school (private) in Mableton.  The Mable House was used by Federal troops during the Civil War as a field hospital.  Wounded soldiers were cared for by Mrs. Mable.  This kindness was the basis for the decision to leave the Mable House intact instead of burning the house and outbuildings. The Georgia Pacific Railroad received land from Robert Mable.  When the depot was built on the south side of the tracks west of Church Street, the engineer named the station “Mableton” after the Mable family.  Today the Mable House is on the National Register of Historic Places. ” Mable House.Org
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I went through this side door at the Mable House for many years to vote but now I vote at the middle school.
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The Sweet Potato House is on the left side of the main house.
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 The Blacksmith Shop and Corn Crib are directly behind the house.
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The Smoke House is across the yard from the kitchen.
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The Kitchen is at the back of the main house but far enough away for preventing a kitchen fire from spreading to the main house.
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The Mable House front and back doors are huge double doors that helped cool the house in summer.
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Georgia Historic Marker
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The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre sits directly behind the historic house.   It is the only mid-size outdoor amphitheatre in the Atlanta area.  It hosts rock, jazz, country music, orchestra, plays, and various other performances.
The Arts Center sits to the right of the historic house.
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