The History of Tybee Island Lighthouse

One of the main landmarks and tourist attractions on Tybee Island is the black and white lighthouse. Now beautifully renovated along with its keepers’ cottages, the 5-acre site is managed by lighthouse keeper Cullen Chambers and his team. 

There has been a lighthouse at Tybee Island for over 270 years; however, it has been rebuilt four times throughout its history. 

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Historical Facts about Tybee Island, Georgia

20 miles east of the historic city of Savannah lies Tybee Island, the easternmost point in Georgia. This barrier island is best known for its sandy beaches, historic Tybee Island lighthouse (the oldest and tallest in Georgia) and Civil War attractions. 

Early Settlers on Tybee Island 

The first Tybee Island residents were undoubtedly the Euchee tribe of Native Americans. They hunted and fished in the quiet estuarine waterways from their simple dugout canoes and camped on the shores of this coastal island for thousands of years. They named the island “Tybee”, which means “salt” in the Euchee language.

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