It’s National Lighthouse Day, and the event is being marked with an open house at Charleston Light on Sullivan’s Island at the edge of Charleston Harbor.
The National Park Service, which administers the light, says the grounds, keeper quarters and boat house are open from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Saturday (TODAY!). Because of safety concerns, visitors will not be able to go to the top of the light.
The Coast Guard transferred the lighthouse to the Park Service last year.
When it was switched on in 1962, the Charleston Light was the second brightest lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere and could be seen 70 miles at sea.
But island residents complained it was too bright and the light was replaced by one that could be seen only 26 miles away.