Photo: Paula Showen
Characteristics: Flashing white 6 times in 15 seconds, then a 15 second eclipse.
Height: 175 feet, 213 steps
DayMark: Red-washed brick with a black lantern
History: Built 1887. Only Florida Lighthouse listed as a National Historic Landmark; second tallest brick tower in the U.S.
Lens: Original: First-order fixed Fresnel lens (1887-1933), Barbier et Fenestre (1867). Others used: third-order revolving Fresnel lens (1933-1970); Vega VRB-25 rotating beacon (1996). Focal Plane: 159 feet.
Construction: Architect: Francis Hopkinson Smith. Constructed of brick, granite and iron. Brick conical tower.
Other Buildings: Three keeper's dwellings; woodshed/privies; oil storage house; pump house.
29 04 48 N
80 55 42 W
Operated by: Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, Inc.
Visit Status: Open to Public
Days Open: Open daily
Facilities: Museum, Gift Shop, handicap accessible
Hours Open: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (last museum/lighthouse admission at 5:00 pm); Memorial Day through Labor Day: from 10:00 am. to 9:00 p.m.(last admission at 8:00 p.m).
Visitor Information: Admission includes climbing the lighthouse, three keeper’s dwellings as museums, a boat yard, and the spectacular Lens Exhibit Building featuring the first-order lens from the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, the original Ponce Inlet first order lens, a fourth order clamshell lens, a 6th order rotating lens, and a Chance Brothers circa 1850 third order middle lens complete with pedestal, tanks and lamp. Visit the gift shop which features unique nautical and lighthouse merchandise. A major restoration of the tower has been recently completed.
Admission: $5.00 for adults and $1.50 for children 11 and under.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, Inc.
Ed Gunn, Executive Director
4931 South Peninsula Drive
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
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