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Morris Island Lighthouse, Charleston

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Morris Island Light is a lighthouse on Morris Island in South Carolina. The light stands on the southern side of the entrance to Charleston Harbor, north of the City of Folly Beach. The lighthouse was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.The lighthouse is unusual in that it now stands several hundred feet offshore. When constructed in 1876 the light was approximately 1200ft from the water's edge. However, the construction in 1889 of the jetties which protect the shipping lanes leading to Charleston Harbor altered ocean currents, resulting in the rapid erosion of Morris Island and the destruction of many structures and historical sites (such as Fort Wagner). By 1938 the shoreline had reached the lighthouse, forcing its automation as it was no longer safe or practical to keep it manned. In 1962 the Morris Island Light was decommissioned and replaced by the new Charleston Light, located on Sullivan's Island at the north end of the harbor.HistoryThe Morris Island Light, located on Morris Island, at the entrance to the harbor of Charleston, SC, was one of the colonial lights turned over to the Federal Government under the terms of the act of August 7, 1789. The light was in a brick tower, built by the Colony of South Carolina in 1767. On May 7, 1800, Congress appropriated $5,000 for repairing the lighthouse. In 1838 the light was described as a revolving light, the tower being 102ft from the base to the lantern. A new first-order lens was installed in the tower on January 1, 1858.
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  • We took the Absolute Reel Screamer boat trip to this island. So fun! Lovely stuff to be found here, including sharks teeth, conch, Civil War relics, sand dollars, and all kinds of shells.  more »
  • Took a boat out to here with Outdoor Adventures. They pull up on he beach and you can walk along. The lighthouse is beautiful. Very atmospheric. Really very peaceful.  more »
  • Enjoyed learning about the history of the place and the view over the water. Nice place to take a walk on a sunny afternoon.  more »
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  • Iconic Charleston Lighthouse. Only accessible by boat. But it is closed due to the Altantic Ocean making it sink and dangerous. But there are pictures / photos online of the interior(hmm wonder how they are in?). When you get to the end of W. Ashley Ave. make sure you bring your flip flops or sneakers as you will have to walk a ways to get to the beach just to see the lighthouse. Just a warning, local don't like visitors to mess with the natural setting. There is also a sign stating dogs aren't allowed. Found out about this the hard way. Po Po . Come get some exercise run from the pier to the end 3.2 miles one way. Good Luck CN DRIVER NETWORK | DOWNload "Charleston Nights" Rider App
  • Visited Folly Beach in the 90,s fell in Luv Luv with Morris Light but it's a damn shame the light is sinking into the water. This light is awesome. If boat tours can charge to take you out by the light then why can't we save this light
  • This is a great hike to the lighthouse and the views are amazing. Hard to believe this lighthouse was once 1200 feet from the water line and now it is in the ocean.
  • Beautiful lighthouse! It's a hidden gem. I wish you could take your dog on a leash. Can't wait to go fishing here and see the sun rise and set!
  • They say that on a low tide you can walk out to this Slowly sinking lighthouse .“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” Anne Lamott