I belong to the Carolina Nature Photographers Association. This past Saturday (23rd) some of us in the Myrtle Beach Region took a little trip into Charleston and then to Folly Beach to photograph the Morris Island Lighthouse.
This is St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, a National Historic Landmark, houses the oldest congregation in South Carolina and was the first Anglican church established south of Virginia. This church is the third building to house the congregation.
|Since 1938 over 1600 feet of land surrounding the tower has been lost. Today it stands alone, completely surrounded by water. In 1962 the Sullivan’s Island lighthouse was built to replace the Morris Island Light, which was decommissioned. The U.S. Coast Guard had plans to demolish the tower but petitions from local residents saved the structure. The Coast Guard built an underground steel wall around the tower to protect it from further erosion damage. The lighthouse is now privately owned and efforts are underway to preserve the Morris Island Light.|
The Morris Island Coalition – www.morrisisland.org – is working hard to protect Morris Island. The Morris Island Lighthouse Project –www.savethelight.org – is working to preserve and restore the lighthouse. Please visit their sites and learn much more about the rich history of Morris Island.
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