The St. Marks Lighthouse, the second oldest lighthouse on the Gulf of Mexico, has guided recreational, military and merchant vessels from around the world to the mouth of the St. Marks River for over 150 years. Constructed in 1831, the picturesque, highly photographed, whitewashed masonry tower and keeper’s quarters rest securely on a base of limestone rock taken according to local legend, from nearby Fort San Marcos de Apalache. It is located on the north side of Apalachee Bay on the east side of the entrance to the St. Marks River. It was critical that the river entrance be clearly visible against the low coast lined with many trees and riddled with treacherous oyster beds and shoals.
© Original Photography by Lou Kellenberger