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13 Things You Learn on a Lighthouse Archaeology Boat

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1. Dramamine is always a good idea.

Better safe than sorry. If you are not used to being out on a boat for an entire day watching the horizon move up and down for 12 hours straight, then trust me, you will want to take some Dramamine. Even if your family owns a boat that you take out on a regular basis, you will still want to take it. You might be a little groggy throughout the day, but at least you’re not sick.

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2. You will wake up at hours that you have never seen before.

It’s so early that coffee might not even do the trick. The team meets at the barracks to go out to the boat at 6 a.m., meaning you have to get up at about 5:15a.m. to get ready to go. Even by the time you get to the barracks, it is still dark outside. Then, when you are getting on the boat at about 6:45 a.m. you will see other people that are awake at this time too. You will be very confused, but too tired to really think about it that much.

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There’s a Hyppo at the Keeper’s Cafe!

image1-3Don’t worry it is not a hippo, but a Hyppo! That’s right St. Augustine –- the Lighthouse is selling Hyppo popsicles at the Keeper’s Café.

St. Augustine’s favorite gourmet popsicles are now being offered in flavors of Straight Up Strawberry, Mango Habanero, Ginger Plum, Watermelon Hibiscus, Dark Roast Espresso and Cucumber Lemon Mint for only $3.50.

These popsicles are the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day of walking around the Lighthouse grounds or after finishing a climb to the top of the tower.

Stop by the Keeper’s Cafe to get your Hyppo popsicle today!


Happy National Lighthouse Day!


Long before the days of GPS, lighthouses played an integral role in keeping sailors safe on the water. There was no Siri to tell them where to go, they had to fully rely on their wits and Lighthouses.

On August 7, 1789, the U.S. Congress recognized the importance of Lighthouses and passed the Act for the Establishment and support of Lighthouses, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers. This act officially put Lighthouses under federal control, attempting to make navigation for sailors more efficient.

Two hundred years later, The United States Lighthouse Society petitioned for August 7, 1989, to be deemed National Lighthouse Day, in honor of the day that Congress signed the Act. This petition only deemed National Lighthouse Day to be a holiday for that specific year.

Then, on August 7, 2013, the Senate resolved that every August 7th be declared National Lighthouse Day. This is still not officially law yet, but the government recognizes August 7th as National Lighthouse and Lighthouse Preservation Day. Continue reading

9 Things You Learn as a Lighthouse Intern

1. There are in fact 219 steps to the top of the Lighthouse – no more, no less!

Let’s face it, counting is hard. Back in those Kindergarten days when you had to count how many of each color fruit loops there were was only preparing you for the task that was ahead of you at the Lighthouse. Trust me, there is no more tedious job than counting the steps to the top of the Lighthouse. Both guests and staff alike miscount the number of steps as they climb to the top of our Lighthouse. It happens all the time, but there really are 219 steps. Scout’s honor!

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2. You will have a new-found respect for greeting boards.

This summer I became a calligrapher, artist and creative expert in order to make our greeting board entertaining and beautiful for all guests to see. The extensive work you put in makes it become your Sistine Chapel, your pride and joy, your pièce de résistance. Only to come in the next day to see it that it has rained on your beloved artwork. Your heart sinks… it is literally back to the drawing board. Again.

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Lighthouse’s Underwater Archaeology Field School Begins Monday

Archaeologists from the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum will begin their annual field school in St. Augustine on June 1st with six students from around the world.

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. – Six students from as far away as Canada have arrived in St. Augustine, Fla., for the educational experience of a lifetime. Beginning June 1st, the students will join archaeologists from the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum for four weeks of hands-on, underwater research and excavation on historic St. Augustine shipwrecks.

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Students inspect artifacts during a practice dive in Alexander Springs, Fla.

“St. Augustine is such a unique place. We have so many shipwrecks out there that it’s like an underwater archaeology laboratory offshore,” said Chuck Meide, Director of the museum’s Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP). “The lighthouse is one of the very few places that hosts an underwater archaeology field school, where students learn how to excavate a shipwreck diving side by side with professional archaeologists. There are probably only one or two other maritime archaeology field schools running in the country, so this is a pretty unique opportunity.” Continue reading