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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  • I love riding out to Morris Island on the boat! We normally cook out and hang out with friends. The beach is great to walk on and take the pups and family! Pretty shells to find and seeing the light h...  more »
  • It was really too far out to get a good photo shot of the lighthouse. Highly recommend taking a boat tour that takes you up close.  more »
  • It's a long drive to the end of Ashley Drive and then a long walk to the beach where you can finally see the lighthouse out in the bay. I would not recommend this trip unless you enjoy observing and s...  more »
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  • Nice area, lots of wildlife. Short walk to the beach. But watch out for the skunks if you try to go into the woods.
  • Cool to look at but you can't go inside. Water Music Charters will take you on a tour to remember!
  • Very fun trip. Nice walk to get their and the beach was less crowded the the pier area.
  • Neat place to visit!! Me, my husband and baby boy all went together. It was very beautiful and easy to keep the kids entertained!
  • The last trek to see the lighthouse is closed to vehicles. The lighthouse itself sits off shore in the ocean. Not a clear day to see details. Camera phone photos are not great. Beach is scenic with rocks and trees Justin out of the sand. I like lighthouses so I was happy.
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