Amelia Island Lighthouse Topo Map in Nassau County FL

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Amelia Island Lighthouse Information

Coordinates: 30.6730153°N, -81.4420356°W
Approx. Elevation: 46 feet (14 meters)
USGS Map Area: Fernandina Beach
Feature Type: Lighthouse

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The Amelia Island Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located on Amelia Island in Nassau County, Florida. Situated at the northern end of the island, the lighthouse has served as a navigational aid for mariners entering the St. Mary’s River and Cumberland Sound for over 200 years.

Constructed in 1838, the Amelia Island Light was the first lighthouse built in Florida. It was designed by Winslow Lewis, a prominent lighthouse engineer of the time. The lighthouse stands at a height of 64 feet and was originally equipped with a fixed white light that could be seen up to 16 miles away.

Throughout its history, the Amelia Island Light underwent several changes and renovations. In 1880, a new brick tower was built to replace the original structure, which had become structurally unsound. The light was converted to a kerosene lamp with a fourth-order Fresnel lens, significantly improving its visibility. In 1933, the lighthouse was decommissioned and replaced by a modern skeletal tower nearby.

Despite its decommissioning, the Amelia Island Light has remained an iconic symbol of the island’s maritime heritage. In 1973, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, recognizing its historical significance. Restoration efforts began in the late 1980s, and today the lighthouse stands as a well-preserved historic landmark.

The Amelia Island Light is open to the public, offering visitors the opportunity to explore its history and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area. The site includes a museum and gift shop, where visitors can learn about the lighthouse’s role in the region’s maritime history. Guided tours are available, providing insights into the construction, operation, and restoration of the lighthouse.

The lighthouse and its grounds are maintained by the Amelia Island Lighthouse Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical significance of the Amelia Island Light. Their efforts ensure that this beloved landmark continues to serve as a reminder of Florida’s rich coastal heritage and attracts visitors from around the world.

Amelia Island Lighthouse is listed in the Lighthouses Category for Nassau County in the state of Florida. Amelia Island Lighthouse is displayed on the "Fernandina Beach" USGS topo map. The latitude and longitude coordinates (GPS waypoint) of Amelia Island Lighthouse are 30.6730153 (North), -81.4420356 (West) and the approximate elevation is 46 feet (14 meters) above sea level. If you are interested in visiting Amelia Island Lighthouse you can print the free topographic map, terrain map, satellite/aerial images, and other maps using the link above. The location, topography, nearby roads and trails, and towns around Amelia Island Lighthouse (Lighthouse) can be seen in the layers of this interactive map. If you have already visited Florida's Amelia Island Lighthouse in Nassau County, the nearest Lighthouses are listed above for your consideration.