1773 - It's A Long, Long Road to Tybee Island's Day Mark / Light Station
by J. R. Beatty
But the historic highlight was the Tybee Island Day Mark / Light Station first ordered by General James Oglethorpe, Governor in 1732! Against the bright blue sky and wispy white clouds. (Click on photos)
Today's light built in 1773 is a spectacular, tall structure - painted horizontally black and white and easily seen out in the Atlantic Ocean as intended. Various associated, out-buildings crowded around the light. A nearby lone palmetto tree was an interesting physical, photographic counterpoise.
A covered front porch and steps beckoned visitors in. A white picket fence was running all around the station's yard. That set off and connected the entire scene nicely!
Two young men were seen walking along the shoreline. Several other couples came along from time to time. My wife enjoyed her stroll along the beach sticking her toes in the lapping waves. It was definitely NOT crowded that day. But you had to pay for non-local, visitor parking on the honor system. And there were not many spaces available at the last beach access lot where I parked!
Several smaller fishing and ocean sporting vessels came much closer to shore.
Then further out across the inlet, there was a large island covered with driftwood, big green trees, and thick brush to explore. I am told that these near-shore areas are great for kayakers and other water recreation practitioners.
But not surprising at the end of the day, the ride back to I-95 seemed almost as long as the one coming in.
A stop midway at a nice local shop for a strawberry ice cream shake hit the spot. The Tybee Island Beach, scenic seaside sights, cold creamy confections, and photographic results made this day trip a fun memory! A longer stay to fully enjoy the water features might be even better. Give it a try and let me know your results.