Above photos showing the newly restored interior at St. Marks Light Station, Florida, are courtesy of Craig Kittendorf.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate National Lighthouse Day with a Homecoming Celebration at the St. Marks Lighthouse! On Monday, August 7, 2018, the Refuge staff will host the descendants of lighthouse keepers and their families, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard who also kept the light. The Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge recently finished funding Phase II of the restoration, which included stabilizing and restoring the tower and the keeper’s dwelling.They received over $500,000 in grants from the Florida Division of Historical Resources, and the results of the restoration are breath-taking! The Florida Lighthouse Association will tour the tower during their June meeting. The Refuge plans to begin public access to the keeper’s dwelling in September.
Submitted June 3, 2018, by Craig Kittendorf, ranger with the St. Marks NWR who worked closely with the restoration architect and contractors.
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Candace was the US Lighthouse Society historian from 2016 until she passed away in August 2018. She worked for 30 years with lighthouse history. She also worked with the National Parks System, and the Council of American Maritime Museums. She was a noted historical author and the most knowledgable person on lighthouse historical information at the National Archives. Books by Candace Clifford include: Women who Kept the Lights, Mind the Light Katie, a History of Thirty-eight Female Lighthouse Keepers and Maine Lighthouses, Documentation of their Past.