Bloody Point Lighthouse in South Carolina on Market
A privately owned lighthouse on Daufuskie Island, near Hilton Head, South Carolina, is being offered for sale by its owner, Joe Yocius. Although the lighthouse is no longer used as an Aid To Navigation, it is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Not to be confused with Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay, this home has its own unique history. Most of the information on the light has been compiled by the current owner and is available for reading at Low Country Joe’s site.
It was built in 1833 as the front range light on the south side of the island. The light was integral to the building, and was in service until 1922. The rear range light, about 4350 feet inland, was most unusual in that the government ran out of the money appropriated for its construction, and had to improvise. Instead of a standard light at the top of the tower, a locomotive headlight was used, with parabolic reflectors placed behind it to direct its red beam. It was visible for 12 miles.
A brick lamp room was constructed for storing and cleaning this headlamp during the day, and all the keeper had to do was run it up on rails every night, to a height of 81 feet. Apparently the system worked fairly well. The lamp room is still in use as the Silver Dew Winery.
There is a new site for the lighthouse sale: www.webebloggin.com/
Low Country Joe has put together a video on the lighthouse property. Enjoy.