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St. Marks Lighthouse, Tallahassee

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The St. Marks Light is the second-oldest light station in Florida. It is located on the east side of the mouth of the St. Marks River, on Apalachee Bay.Historic backgroundIn the 1820s, the town of St. Marks, Florida was considered an important port of entry. The town served as a port for the prosperous planting region of Middle Florida and some counties of South Georgia. Growers hauled their agricultural products down to the port town in wagons by way of an early road which connected the then territorial capital of Tallahassee to the town of St. Marks. Later, this road would be widened and improved upon by the Tallahassee Railroad Company and would become the state's first railroad.Once the agricultural products reached the new port town, they were loaded aboard boats for shipment to New Orleans and/or St. Augustine. There were, however, problems in navigating both the Apalachee Bay and the St. Marks River. In many places both bay and river were shallow, and it was not too uncommon for boats to run aground and/or get mired in the muddy shallows.
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  • Long and peaceful and scenic drive out to lighthouse. Stunning setting where river joins Gulf of Mexico. 
  • Went here today with my boyfriend and my friend. Lovely scenic route out to the lighthouse, and a great walking trail around the area. However, there are some VERY dangerous oysters that will cut your...  more »
  • We enjoyed this area of the NWR so much! There were plenty of paths to explore and beautiful vistas to photograph. 
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  • It is so beautiful here. We love coming here as a family and walking along the trails that surround the lighthouse. Often, we encounter dolphins and alligators just feet away from one another. There are very few places like this on earth.
  • Perfect place to celebrate perfect report cards
  • were going hiking here it looks really pretty
  • Took the boat out, beautiful day to enjoy with family.
  • 'Incredible view'!! #saintmarksflorida(HWY 98East)