Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series – Lighthouses of the Sunshine State
February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue:The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum
1 Courthouse Square
Inverness, FL 34450
Organizer:Kathy Turner Thompson
Lighthouses of the Sunshine State” by Brendan Burke. Over 50 lighthouse stand as silent sentinels along Florida’s 1,300 miles of coast. From shifting sandbars to reef-strewn shallows lighthouses have endured hurricanes, earthquakes, even military attack. From the tops of lighthouses, keepers have watched ships come to grief and reported the destruction of U-boats during World War II. Taking many shapes and rising to various heights, Florida’s lighthouses are descendants of one of the earliest known aid-to-navigation systems in North America. From St. Augustine’s 16th century signal towers to an inland lighthouse in Lake George, Florida has a rich tradition in lighting its coast. The Sunshine State’s lighthouses have been a source or curiosity, folklore, and refuge. This presentation follows the history Florida’s lighthouses and includes select stories from our legacy of lighting the coast.