Landmarks on Tybee Island
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Cockspur Island Light
Tybee Island, GA 31328
The Cockspur Island Light is the smallest lighthouse in Georgia located in Chatham County, Georgia. The Cockspur Island Light is located on an islet off the southeastern tip of Cockspur Island. The Cockspur Lighthouse is stands twelve miles east of the port of Savannah. The islet is comprised of oyster shells, and marsh grass and is often covered by high tide.
In 1837 Cockspur Island Light was originally built as a daymarker and in 1848 it was retrofitted with lights and reflectors. In 1855 the Cockspur Island Light was replaced due to hurricane damage and was later built on the same foundation. The Cockspur Island Light is 46 feet high.
On June 1, 1909, the light was finally extinguished, because the south channel was infrequently used, compared to the deeper and wider North Channel of the Savannah River. On March 18, 2007 the lighthouse was relit for historical purposes.
The lighthouse remains open to the public, though access is limited by the terrain of Cockspur Island. However, an overlook trail offers visitors the best chance to get a closer look at the lighthouse today.