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Built in the year 1767, the New Charleston Lighthouse is considered a prime historic spot in South Carolina. It was destroyed during the time of the civil war but was reconstructed in 1874. The original lighthouse was located in Morris Island, but when it was threatened by erosion, a replacement beacon was constructed.
Today the New Charleston Lighthouse stands on Sullivan?s Island. It is a modern version of the historic Charleston Lighthouse and is complete with an elevator that takes visitors to the lantern room, where the light source is located. It stands 161 feet tall and resembles little of a lighthouse due to its unusual triangular shape, which allows it to withstand very strong winds.
The new Sullivan Island Lighthouse is considered that last lighthouse that the federal government has ever built.
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