Tybee Island Light Station : The Lighthouse History
Ordered by General James Oglethorpe, Governor of the 13th colony, in 1732, the Tybee Island Light Station has been guiding mariners safe entrance into the Savannah River for over 270 years. The Tybee Island Light Station is one of America's most intact having all of its historic support buildings on its five-acre site. Rebuilt several times the current lightstation displays its 1916 day mark with 178 stairs and a First Order Fresnel lens (nine feet tall).
Tybee Island Lighthouse and Light Station
Tybee Island Light Station
PO Box 366 Tybee Island, GA 31328 -
Phone: (912) 786-5801
Fax: (912) 786-6538
Keeping the Watch
Under the watchful eye of Light Station Keeper Cullen Chambers and his staff, The Tybee Island Light Station stands as one of North America's most beautifully renovated Light Stations. A must see for everyone.
Visiting the Tybee Lighthouse
The Lightstation and Museum are surely a stop you do not want to miss. We welcome individuals, families, and groups here. While you are here for an extended stay, look into volunteering at the Light Station. The information gained while on your duty will give you an appreciation of the Light Station you will not be able to obtain elsewhere. We encourage you to visit our Gift Shops to support our efforts. We also look forward to seeing you after your journey up our 178 steps to the top.
Tours are self guided. At the Lighthouse and Head Keepers Cottage there are volunteers on hand to answer questions.
Visiting the Lighthouse as a Group
If your are bringing a group of more than 10 people you will need a scheduled time. You should allow an hour and a half for the visit.
It is important you come at your scheduled time. Volunteers and staff have planned for your arrival. Please call if you are going to be late.
Guided Tours are available for groups of twenty five or more. It is likely a volunteer will greet your group when you arrive. The earlier you make your reservation the better. The Lighthouse stands 154 ft. high, there is no elevator. Groups of children need 2 adults for every 10 children.
Tybee Island is 18 miles east of Savannah. Going east on Victory Drive, once you exit Thunderbolt, Victory Drive becomes Highway 80 East. Highway 80 East ends on Tybee Island. When you come onto the island, you will take a left at the first stop light, which is Campbell Avenue
Look for the brown Tybee Lighthouse signs and follow them. Campbell Avenue dead ends at Van Horne. Take a left onto Van Horne. Your first right is Meddin Drive. Take a right and stay on Meddin Drive until you pass the Light Station. Public parking is available on the north side of the Light Station beside the Gift Shop.