Sunday, December 6, 2015

Tybee Island Georgia:: Rolling, Rolling, Keep Them Wheels a Rolling - Winter 2015-2016

Copyright 2015, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

During our 4 nights at Skidaway Island State Park, Man and I drove out to Tybee Island for a day.  We had been before, but, we were there during a Easter week and well, there was not a parking spot to be found anywhere and sightseeing was rather limited.

Many of the views as we approach are typical to beach areas, marsh, rivers, boats, sand, egrets and other wild life.  

Fort Screven was here.  Fort Screven was first commissioned in 1899.  It was named for Brigadier General James Screven, a Revolutionary War hero.   The Fort was decommissioned in 1947.

Part of one of the batteries, shot taken from the top of the lighthouse by Man.   

Tybee Island Light Station. The light house was first lit in 1867, and automated in 1972.  It is 144 feet tall and has 178 steps to get to the top.  Man made the entire trek, I ran out of nerve at about step 100.  The light house and grounds tour is now overseen by the Tybee Island Historical Society.  

There is a short video available, and the head keepers house is open, filled with many period pieces.  Such as this toy fish.  Have to say, I cannot remember seeing a toy fish.  

Love this cook stove.

The keeper's library.  These traveling libraries date back to about 1876, each "library" contained between 40 and 50 books.

In an upstairs storage area, toys and linens were displayed.

Inside the lighthouse, there are several levels, where there are windows and places to stop and gaze at the scenery (or rest. LOL)

The stairs are open backed, but, solid steel (no holes in the stairs).  

A view of the the keepers house (red roof), the battery of Fort Screven and the Atlantic Ocean (and beach) from up top!

Another view of the lighthouse.

A boardwalk over the dunes to the beach (take from at the top of the lighthouse).  That blue streak down to the water was some kind of net/carpet walkway.

Looking back at the light house from the "blue" walkway.

The day included a nice lunch.  The weather was great, as you can see, the skies were glorious.  We were happy to finally have been able to find a parking spot and tour the lighthouse and the general area.


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