Quote – Lighthouse – Week #23

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.

Dwight L. Moody

Written for Marsha’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge #23: Writer’s Choice

The feature image is the top of the St. Marks Lighthouse at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge just south of the Florida state capitol of Tallahassee. I am sharing a few of the Florida lighthouses that I have visited over the years. It is not the total list, but some of my favorites.

I have always been drawn to lighthouses. The mystery, the stories they could tell if they were breathing, yet somehow I can feel their pain when I’m around or near one. Maybe it is the spirits of those who worked hard to keep others safe in the maritime years that lighthouses were the beacons to get sailors home safe. Besides birds, this is my other favorite topic.


Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is located in Ponce Inlet, Florida. It is the tallest lighthouse in Florida at 175 feet (53 meters) and the second tallest in the United States, only to the Cape Hatteras Light in North Carolina which is 207 feet tall (63 meters). Visit their website for more information if you decide to visit.


St. Marks Lighthouse

The St. Marks Lighthouse is located in Crawfordville, Florida just south of Tallahassee. It is the second oldest lighthouse in Florida and the oldest on the Gulf Coast. The current tower photographed above was completed in 1842. Read more about its history here.


St. Augustine Lighthouse

The St. Augustine Lighthouse is worth its price of admission. Not only do you get the opportunity to climb 219 stairs to the top, but you can attend their ghost tours in the keeper’s quarters. I’ve climbed this lighthouse many times and everytime is a new experience. The nighttime tours are the best and every month they hold a Sunset/Moonrise tour where you can climb the lighthouse to watch the sunset from one side and the moonrise from the other side in a matter of an hour. I haven’t been since the pandemic. Being up at the top railing once it gets dark and you can see the light rotating around St. Augustine and the intercoastal is quite amazing. The photo above was taken on one of these nights.

On the last ghost tour that I went on with my kids a few years ago, we were in the keeper’s quarters listening to one of the stories and someone blew on my neck, or so I thought. I could see Frank ahead of me so I thought it was my son trying to freak me out. I quickly turned and no one was there. A few seconds later, I felt the cold and as quickly as it touched me, it dissipated. St. Augustine is one of the most haunted historical cities in the United States. Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse Maritime Museum website here.


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30 Comments on “Quote – Lighthouse – Week #23

    • St. Augustine is awesome. We drove down there a few weeks ago but didn’t get out of the car. There were so many people and 1/2 of them didn’t have masks on and were in very close proximity to others. No thank you! I live here. I can go anytime. 🙂

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    • Thank you! I hope you get to visit St. Augustine. It is too crowded right now, even for a pandemic. During the week it isn’t too bad but during the weekends is too much. Plus, once the kids get out for summer break, it will be busy during the week too. The lighthouse is a magical place. 🙂

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  1. So cool (literally), Lisa, your experiencing that sensation of something cold touching you. I had a similar experience three-plus decades ago while touring Tombstone, AZ. ‘Twas a hot day. Going in and out of several buildings in this historic town was uneventful until I went inside a building where the undertaker did his business. Walking around in there was okay until I was suddenly enveloped in a feeling of intense cold.

    Not a breeze/draft from an HVAC duct. I stepped aside from the cold spot and felt warm again. Checked for HVAC ducts, but found none. I didn’t stick around since the experience gave me the creeps. Back in Tombstone’s summer heat was a welcome feeling of relief. More on cold spots at the following web link.

    https://paranormalauthority.com/cold-spots/

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    • I’ve had several paranormal experiences in St. Augustine, but the one at Camp Lejeune was the biggie! Actually seeing an apparition at the old Naval Hospital was breathtaking. 🙂

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  2. Great images of some interesting sounding lighthouses, especially St Augustine. I would love to do one of the Sunset/Moonrise tours, and a ghost tour too. Your experience sounds really creepy 😱

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    • Thanks. It is creepy but more in a spiritual way rather than a scary kind of way. I’ve seen ghosts so as a believer, I seem to get in tune with the spirits or souls. 😊

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    • I love them too! Thanks! You would love the refuge. I hope you get a chance to visit. They have a campground in the main road across from the turnoff to the refuge.

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    • Thank you. I love lighthouses too. I collected them for years. Got rid of some but still have them all over my house. I climb them every chance I get. 😊

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