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Crooked River Lighthouse, Carrabelle

(4/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
The Crooked River Lighthouse was built in 1895, replacing the three short-lived beacons destroyed by hurricanes on Dog Island. The 103 foot iron and steel structure was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1995 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association (CLA) and the City of Carrabelle obtained ownership of the landmark just weeks before it was to be auctioned, and created a public park surrounding it. Via grants from the Florida State Legislature and financial support from the City of Carrabelle restoration of the structure was completed by 2007. Nestled in a North Florida forest habitat, the lighthouse beams nightly, with an acrylic replica of its original 4th order Fresnel lens.

Grant funding also helped the CLA to construct a replica of the Crooked River Lighthouse Keeper’s House, completed in 2009. Award winning architect Ken Smith designed the construction, using the original 1895 plans. The Keeper’s House serves as a museum, gift shop and headquarters for the CLA. Exhibits are interesting and informative for all ages, including an historical setting of the early 1900s, plus examples of beacons and the methods of constructing a skeletal tower lighthouse.

The park includes a playground featuring a 70 foot pirate ship, a picnic pavilion with tables and is connected to Carrabelle Beach Park via a multi-use transportation path.
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  • Museum is small, the lady working was not at all friendly. $5 per person to walk up the top of the lighthouse.  more »
  • An easy to get to lighthouse with a different method of construction from many others, still external framework and central steel tube. The frame is tensioned with turnbuckles, interesting especially ...  more »
  • Climbed to the top and the view was excellent. Very clean and relatively easy stairs to climb. The hostess was knowledgable and very friendly.  more »