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Fall 2022 Membership Event

  • 14 Oct 2022
  • 15 Oct 2022
  • St. Simons Island, GA

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  • NOTE: You must register and pay for an adult member prior to registering a child.

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at the

St. Simons (GA) Lighthouse Museum


Registration closes September 30, 2022 (in-person)

and October 7, 2022 (virtual)

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The Florida Lighthouse Association is offering a unique opportunity to explore and discover the fascinating history of the St. Simons Lighthouse and Coastal Georgia during its fall membership event.  Members have the option of attending this event in person or virtually via Zoom. Find out more below!

What to See and Do              Event Info              Hotel Info

HISTORY 

The original lighthouse on St. Simons Island was completed in 1810.  It was an octagonal pattern mostly constructed from tabby—a mixture of lime, sand, oyster shell, and water.  Contractor James Gould was also the first keeper, serving 27 years.  However, the Lighthouse was blown up by Confederate forces in 1862.

The current 104’ Lighthouse, located on the southern tip of St. Simons Island, Georgia, was first lighted September 1, 1872 (2022 is the 150th anniversary).  It was completed two years behind schedule due to widespread illness, including the death of the original contractor.  The Lighthouse guides ships into St. Simons Sound and warns of the many sandbars in the area.  It is one of only five operating lighthouses on the 100-mile Georgia coast.

It was designed by Brigadier General Orlando Poe.  During the Civil War, he was General Sherman’s chief engineer during the “March Through Georgia.”  The light station is of a similar design to the “Poe Tower” lighthouses of the Great Lakes.

An active third order Fresnel lens with a fixed-varied-by-flashes (FVF) characteristic remains in service to this day at the top of the sentinel.  The lens is unusual in that it is a complete fixed lens around which the four bullseye panels rotate.  The beacon flashes white once a minute and has a range of 20 miles.

A bizarre tragedy struck the station in 1880 when assistant keeper John Stevens fatally shot head keeper Frederick Osborne on the front lawn because of a dispute.  The assistant, who was relieved of his duties, was later acquitted of murder charges.  Some say that Osborne’s ghost still haunts the tower.

St. Simons has several connections to Florida through its keepers.  The longest serving head keeper, Carl Svendsen, met his wife while serving at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.  His successors, Arthur Hodge and David O’Hagan, served at multiple Florida lighthouses before taking charge at St. Simons Island.

The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum opened in 1975 and the Lighthouse opened for public climbing in 1984.  The nonprofit Coastal Georgia Historical Society acquired ownership of the Lighthouse through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO


At 18 miles long, St. Simons Island remains a sight to behold with its winding streets, moss-lined oaks, charming beaches, and rich history.  You can climb the 129 stairs to the top of the St. Simons Lighthouse (610 Beachview Drive) for a great view of St. Simons Island, as well as Jekyll Island, and Brunswick, the mainland town.  

In addition to the Lighthouse, you can explore the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum in the keepers dwelling and discover the fascinating history of Coastal Georgia, the Lighthouse, and lighthouse technology.  Both are located on the south end of St. Simons in Pier Village.

Discover Coastal Georgia’s extraordinary contributions to winning World War II at the World War II Home Front Museum (4201 1st Street).  The Museum is housed in the Historic St. Simons Coast Guard Station, built in 1936.

While at Pier Village, be sure to stroll the pier overlooking St. Simons Sound and Jekyll Island, where you can watch vessels go past, migrating whales, and citizens crabbing, fishing, and shrimping.  In the Village, shop at the boutiques, and enjoy the many eateries that line the streets.

Other interesting places, among many, to visit include nearby

  • Fort Federica National Monument, established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe, founder of the colony of Georgia, to protect his southern boundary, a fortress on the coast that grew into a thriving village.  
  • Brunswick, Georgia, an historic port city with buildings dating back to 1819.  Historic Downtown Brunswick, also known as the Old Town Brunswick, is enjoying a renaissance, with the ongoing renovation and restoration of historic buildings and public squares.  Brunswick was the scene of many old movies, including “Conrack,” starring Jon Voight in 1974, the 1955 classic “The View From Pompey’s Head,” starring Dana Wynter and Richard Egan, and a more recent film, “Live By Night,featuring Ben Affleck in 2017.


EVENT INFORMATION


The events will begin on Friday, October 14, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 475 Millennium Boulevard, Brunswick, Georgia, with the committee meetings at 3:30 pm EDT and the Board meeting at 4:30 pm EDT.  Immediately following at 6:00 pm EDT will be the general membership meeting.  At 7:00 pm, we will enjoy a buffet dinner catered and served by the Hilton Garden Inn. 

The buffet dinner will consist of Heirloom and Mozzarella Salad, Honey Basted/Roasted Chicken Breast, Salmon Oscar, Seafood Newburg in Puff Pastry Bowls, Steamed Broccoli with Hollandaise Sauce, Lobster Mac and Cheese, Pecan Pie, soda and water.  Beer and wine tickets will be available for purchase when registering. 

Josh Liller, FLA’s Historian, is the editor of The Florida Lighthouse Trail, second edition, a newly-published compilation of Florida lighthouse histories.  This book will be available for purchase and signing at the meeting.  You may also bring your copies of this book with you for signing at the meeting.

On Saturday, October 15, you are free to visit the St. Simons Lighthouse and Museum, the World War II Home Front Museum (both are open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm), or the many other interesting sites and activities on the Island or in nearby areas.

ADMISSION TO MUSEUMS


Admission to the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and the World War II Home Front Museum are each $12 for adults and $6 for ages 6-12.   There is a $2 military discount with ID.


Combined tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 6-12.  There is a $2 military discount with ID.

***Tickets are non-refundable and may be purchased in either Museum Store.***

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE LIGHTHOUSE


From Brunswick on the mainland, cross F. J. Torras Causeway to access St. Simons Island. Go right on King’s Way to Ocean Boulevard. At Mallery Street, continue to 12th Street. Turn right and proceed to the St. Simons Lighthouse and Museum.

PARKING

There are no museum-designated parking spaces at either the Lighthouse campus or the World War II Home Front Museum, but plentiful, accessible, and free public parking is available surrounding both sites.  At the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, parking spaces are available along 12th Street in front of the Lighthouse and along Beachview Drive between 12th Street and Mallery Street.  For visitors with limited mobility, we suggest taking advantage of the drop-off area in front of the Heritage Center and using accessible pathways to the west of the building to reach the ramp on the Lighthouse side.  At the World War II Home Front Museum, all beach access parking is available for visitors to the site.    

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION FEE PER INDIVIDUAL


NOTES: 

  • Fee includes the Friday night membership meeting and served buffet dinner.
  • Registration and payment must be received by September 30.   Please specify any dietary restrictions when you register.
  • Due to pandemic-related supply chain food and worker shortages, FLA's caterers have had to raise their food service prices. As a result, FLA has had to raise its registration rates. FLA appreciates your continued loyalty and support.
  • Admission to the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and the World War II Home Front Museum is NOT included in the in-person registration fees per individual, which are provided below. 

1. Current FLA Member

a.  Member registration fee - $103

b.  Member registration fee ($103) and purchase of one drink ticket ($15):  $118

c.  Member registration fee ($103) and purchase of two drink tickets ($30):  $133

2. New FLA individual member registration fee ($103) and a 1-year FLA Individual Membership ($30)

a. New individual member registration fee:  $133

b. New individual member registration fee ($133) and purchase of one drink ticket ($15):  $148

c. New individual member registration fee ($133) and purchase of two drink tickets ($30):  $163

3. New FLA family member registration fee ($103) and a 1-year FLA Family Membership ($40)

a. New family member registration fee:  $143

b. New family member registration fee ($143) and purchase of one drink ticket  ($15):  $158

c. New family member registration fee ($143) and purchase of two drink tickets ($30):  $173

4. Child Under 15

NOTE: You must register and pay for an adult member prior to registering a child


Child under 15 registration fee: $52


VIRTUAL REGISTRATION FEE

Members have the option of attending the meeting virtually via Zoom. A link will be provided to registrants before the meeting. The cost for this option will be $12 for members and non-members.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

To cancel your meeting registration and receive a full refund, you must submit an e-mail to FLA (info@FloridaLighthouses.org) by September 30, the registration cut-off date. The refund will be made regardless of the reason.

With very few exceptions, cancellations made after the registration deadline of September 30 will not receive refunds. To receive a refund after the registration deadline, you must submit an e-mail to FLA (info@FloridaLighthouses.org) describing the circumstances that occurred after September 30. If approved, FLA will refund you the registration fee less a $20 processing fee and your pro-rata share for catering, meeting venue, and any transportation costs that it paid to vendors. A full refund will not be granted. FLA is a non-profit organization and must generate sufficient funds to cover the costs that it must pay to its service and product providers.

SERVICE AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS

The Florida Lighthouse Association’s policy only allows service animals at its events, as required under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Emotional support animals are not protected by the ADA and will not be allowed entrance to FLA events.

BLING

Friday: Wear your favorite Halloween shirts, hats, and decorations.

Saturday: ALL lighthouse attire—Show your LOVE for lighthouses.

RECOMMENDED HOTELS

Courtesy room blocks for October 14 & 15 with checkout on October 16:


1. Hilton Garden Inn

475 Millennium Boulevard

Brunswick, GA 31525


(912) 267-1111


Room rate $114 + tax Ten (10) (1 King Bed) and $124 + tax Ten (2 Queen Beds).


The reservation can be for one or two nights. There is no minimum stay requirement.

MUST CALL THE HILTON GARDEN INN PHONE NUMBER LISTED ABOVE AND REQUEST SPECIAL FLA RATE. — Arrival October 14, Departure October 16.

Based on availability, group rate will be available to FLA members.


Cutoff Date: September 9 (calls for reservations at the special FLA rate must be received prior to this date.)


Hilton Garden Inn, the venue for FLA’s St. Simons Lighthouse membership meeting, is 13 miles from the St. Simons Lighthouse.


2. Holiday Inn Express & Suites

236 Gateway Center Boulevard

Brunswick, GA 31525


(912) 267-9999


Room rate: $129 + tax for Ten (10) (1 King Bed) and Ten (2 Queen Beds), breakfast is included.

The reservation can be for one or two nights. There is no minimum stay requirement.


MUST CALL THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES PHONE NUMBER LISTED ABOVE AND REQUEST SPECIAL FLA RATE. — Arrival October 14, Departure October 16.


Cutoff Date: September 14, (calls for reservations at the special FLA rate must be received prior to this date.)


Holiday Inn Express & Suites is 1 mile from the Hilton Garden Inn, the venue for FLA’s St. Simons Lighthouse membership meeting, and 12 miles from the St. Simons Lighthouse.


3. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

107 Gateway Center Circle

Brunswick, GA 31525


(912) 264-2060


Room rate: $119 + tax for Five (5) (1 King Bed) and Five (Two Queen Beds) includes hot breakfast.

The reservation can be for one or two nights. There is no minimum stay requirement.


MUST CALL THE FAIRFIED INN PHONE NUMBER LISTED ABOVE AND REQUEST SPECIAL FLA RATE. — Arrival October 14, Departure October 16.


Cutoff Date: October 7, (calls for reservations at the special FLA rate must be received prior to this date.)


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is 1 mile from the Hilton Garden Inn, the venue for FLA’s St. Simons Lighthouse membership meeting, and 12 miles from the St. Simon’s Lighthouse.


4. Courtyard by Marriott

580 Millennium Boulevard

Brunswick, GA 31525


(912) 265-2644


Room rate: $119 + tax for Five (5) (1 King Bed) and Five (2 Queen Beds), includes breakfast.


The reservation can be for one or two nights. There is no minimum stay requirement.


You MUST register at the Courtyard by Marriott, Brunswick, by using the reservation link.


Book your group rate for Florida Lighthouse Association. Your credit card will be authorized 24 hours prior to your arrival date to eliminate any billing issues prior to your stay. — Arrival October 14, Departure October 16.


Cutoff Date: October 6, (all entries for reservations at the special FLA rate must be entered prior to this date.)


Courtyard by Marriott is 0.25 miles from the Hilton Garden Inn, the venue for FLA’s St. Simons Lighthouse membership meeting, and 13 miles from the St. Simons Lighthouse.


If you have issues with the reservation link, please e-mail info@floridalighthouses.org.


FLA will contact the hotel and resolve the issue.


We look forward to seeing you at the St. Simons membership meeting!!!

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