Haig Point Range Lights

Haig Point Range Lights


caption = Haig Point Rear Range Light in 1885
location =
coordinates = coord|32|08|43|N|80|50|11.2|W|type:landmark
yearbuilt = 1873
yearlit = 1873
1986 Private (Rear)
automated =
yeardeactivated = 1924
foundation =
construction = Wood
shape = Square tower on roof of house
marking = White house and tower
Red lantern
height = convert|18|ft|m|0 (Front)
convert|61|ft|m|0 (Rear)
elevation = convert|17|ft|m|0 (Front)
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lens = Steamer lens (Front)
5th order Fresnel lens (Rear)
currentlens = Acrylic
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characteristic = Fl W 14scite web|url=http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pubs/LightLists/V3COMPLETE.pdf|title=Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Volume III|access date=2008-07-08|work=Light List|publisher=US Coast Guard] ,
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The Haig Point Range Lights were range lights on Calibogue Sound at the northeastern end of Daufuskie Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The Haig Point Range Lights were built in 1873 and were maintained as an official aid to navigation until about 1924. The Rear Range Light house has been restored. It is a guest house for the Haig Point Club and serves as a private aid to navigation.

Calibogue Sound is between Daufuskie and Hilton Head Islands. It connects the Intracoastal Waterway and the Harbour Town Marina with the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1871, the U.S. Congress authorized two sets of range lights on Daufuskie Island. The other range lights were the Bloody Point Range Lights on the south end of the island. Land was procured in 1872 at Haig's Point for the first set. The Haig Point range lights were lit in 1873.Burn, Billie, "An Island Named Daufuskie", The Reprint Company, Inc., Spartanburg, SC, 1991, pp. 187-203, ISBN 0-87152-454-6.] Clary, Margie Willis, "The Beacons of South Carolina", Sandlapper Publishing Co., Inc., Orangeburg, SC, 2005, pp. 59-67, ISBN 0-87844-176-X.] Although most sources indicate that the range lights were deactivated in 1924,Bansemer, Roger, "Bansemer's Book of Carolina & Georgia Lighthouses", Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL, 2000, pp. 96-97, ISBN 1-56164-194-4.] others indicate that it was as early as 1922,cite web|url=http://www.uscg.mil/history/weblighthouses/LHSC.asp|title=Daufuskie Island (Haig Point) Range Lights|access date=2008-07-05|work=Historic Light Station Information& Photography: South Carolina|publisher=US Coast Guard] to as late as 1934Roberts, Bruce, and Jones, Ray, "Southern Lighthouses: Outer Banks to Cape Florida," 3rd ed., Globe Pequot Press, Guildord, CT, 2002, pp. 48-49, ISBN 0-76274-1243-0.] cite web|url= http://www.nps.gov/history/maritime/light/haigpt.htm|title=HAIG POINT (RANGE REAR) LIGHT |access date=2008-07-08|work=Inventory of Historic Light StationsSouth Carolina Lighthouses |publisher=US National Park Service] or 1938.Zepke, Terrance, "Lighthouse of the Carolinas", Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL, 2002, pp. 153-157, ISBN 1-56164-148-0.]

Rear Range Light

The Rear Range light, built by James H. Reed, had a square tower on top of the light keeper's wooden, two-story Victorian house.cite web|url=http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/beaufort/S10817707029/S10817707029.pdf|title=Daufuskie Island Historic District|access date=2008-07-05|work= National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form|publisher=South Carolina Department of Archives and History] The foundation for the house rests on the Tabby cement foundation of an old plantation house. The house and tower are painted white. The lantern has a red roof. The light was a 5th order Fresnel lens with a kerosene lamp. Later, an electric light was installed. In addition to the house, an oil house, and a 6,000 US gallon (22,700 L) cistern were built. This light was manned until about 1924.

In 1925, the house was sold. Over time, it passed through several hands and fell into disrepair. In 1984, the house was purchased by the International Paper Realty Corporation. They began a restoration of the house as a guest house of the Haig Point Club. The oil house and cistern remain near the lighthouse.

In 1986, after about sixty years of darkness, a lamp was again activated in the Haig Point lighthouse. This light has an acrylic lens and is powered by solar cells and batteries. This flashing white light is a private aid to navigation.

The rear range is a contributing property of the National Register of Historic Places' Daufuskie Island Historic District. The nomination form and an additional picture is available from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.cite web|url=http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/beaufort/S10817707029/pages/S1081770702901.htm |title=Haig Point Lighthouse|access date=2008-07-06|work= Daufuskie Island Historic District|publisher=South Carolina Department of Archives and History] In addition, the Beaufort County Historical Surveys for both the lighthouse and the oil house are available. These have recent photographs. cite web|url=http://www.co.beaufort.sc.us/Planning/AboveGroundSurvey/U-13-484.00.pdf|title=Haig's Point Lighthouse|access date=2008-07-15|work= Beaufort County Historical Survey - 1997|publisher=Beaufort County, South Carolina] cite web|url=http://www.co.beaufort.sc.us/Planning/AboveGroundSurvey/U-13-484.01.pdf|title=Haig's Point Lighthouse, Oil House|access date=2008-07-15|work= Beaufort County Historical Survey - 1997|publisher=Beaufort County, South Carolina]

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refnum=82003831cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2008-04-15|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]

Front Range Light

The front range light was a wooden structure with a lantern; the lighting apparatus was a steamer lens. The tower was located about convert|0.5|mi|km|1 south of the rear range light. This structure was movable to adjust to shifts in the channel. The fate of the front light after the station was closed is unknown, although some sources list it as having been destroyed.cite web|url=http://www.lighthousedepot.com/lite_explorer.asp?action=display_details&LighthouseID=3797|title=Lighthouse Depot|date=2008-07-18|work=Lighthouse Explorer database|publisher=Lighthouse Digest]

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