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Round Island Lighthouse is now open for tours! See the TOURS page for details.
 The Round Island Lighthouse

FIRST VISITORS - Danielle Lawrence (top left), the official visitors guide at the lighthouse, greets Annalisa Franklin (top right), her daughter,  Mia Franklin (bottom left) and Kennedy Pelligren, as the very first persons to tour the lighthouse, following its move to Pascagoula, on Sat., Nov. 14th, 2015. Click on photo to view it full size.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2013/09/19/4966185/radio-transmission-benefit-concert.html#storylink=cpy

   The historic Round Island Lighthouse was erected on the south side of Round Island, off the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, in 1859. It stood as a stalwart beacon of safety for all ships headed toward the southeast Mississippi shore. Over time, the lighthouse was damaged by several hurricanes. Hurricane Georges toppled the structure in 1998. The lighthouse's structural integrity was also compromised that same year by shifting sands and beach erosion as the beach was almost entirely washed away from the base. The lighthouse received further damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

   Approximately one-third of the structure remained intact on the island until it was relocated to mainland Pascagoula in 2010. An additional one-third of the structure, including most of the lantern gallery, was salvaged from the island. The City of Pascagoula relocated the base of the lighthouse to its new location at the foot of the Pascagoula River Bridge on U.S. Highway 90 entering the city. The new location protects the lighthouse from storm winds and erosion while allowing easy access for visitors to learn of the lighthouse's rich history. The lighthouse now serves as a welcoming beacon, not just for boaters, but for all who visit Pascagoula.

: The city relocated the lighthouse remnants to the foot of the Pascagoula River Bridge.
PHASE II: The restoration of the lantern gallery was completed in June 2012.
PHASE III: The exterior restoration was completed in 2014.
PHASE IV: The interior restoration was completed in 2015.


Round Island Lighthouse  •  Pascagoula, Mississippi

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