Crooked River Lighthouse
1975 HWY 98 West, Carrabelle, FL 32322 - United States
Nestled in a North Florida forest habitat, the Crooked River Lighthouse beams nightly over the St. George Sound. The Crooked River Lighthouse Keeper’s House which was patterned after the original 1895 plans houses museum exhibits, a classroom/meeting space and a gift shop. Here both the history and the science of the lighthouse are being interpreted via fascinating exhibits and an educational movie.
Enjoy a climb to the top of the Lighthouse tower (weather permitting) for $5. Outside take advantage of a small park picnic area that features picnic tables and a small playground.
The museum and gift shop are open Sunday 1–5 P.M., Wednesday 11 A.M.–5 P.M., Thursday 11 A.M.–5 P.M., Friday 11 A.M.–5 P.M., and Saturday 9 A.M.–5 P.M. Closed Monday & Tuesday. Climbs are available during normal operating hours (weather permitting). However the last climb must be started one hour before closing.
In honor of this year's Smithsonian magazine Museum Day theme, "Earth Optimism", the Crooked River Lighthouse will be sharing ideas and artifacts showing that conservation is not a new practice, just the opposite. Lighthouse Keepers families especially were masters of "recycling" by repurposing practically everything. Because the locations of lighthouse were often so remote, Lighthouse Keepers reused almost everything they had and adapted them for a different purpose. They were very self sufficient - sewing, darning, growing and raising their own food.
At the Crooked River Lighthouse Keeper’s House Museum, both the history and the science of the lighthouse are being interpreted via fascinating exhibits and an educational movie. Exhibits include a historical setting of the early 1900’s, examples of beacons and the methods of constructing a skeletal tower lighthouse. Everyday life objects in the Keeper’s Room include its original clocks, a barometer, a glass fire grenade, and more. Also on the grounds, a nice park picnic area features picnic tables, picnic shelters and a small playground. Crooked River Lighthouse is located at 1975 Hwy 98 West, Carrabelle, FL.
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