‘On our recent USA road trip, we spent a few days in Savannah. Being close to the waterfront and the beautiful Talmadge Memorial Bridge, we set off one evening to try and catch the sun setting on nearby Tybee Island…’
Tybee Island is a city in South East Georgia and has a population of several thousand people. It’s is a popular retreat for locals and tourists alike. Tybee Island played an important role in the American Civil War, when Union soldiers laid siege along the North Coast. This ultimately aided the capture of nearby Fort Pulaski, and saw the first use of rifled cannons in the Civil War.
We totally weren’t there to find that out. We just really wanted to watch the sun fade and the sky change colour by the fabulous Island Lighthouse. Still, who doesn’t love a bit of history, eh?
Tybee Island Lighthouse is one of few operational 18th Century lighthouses in the US today. It stands at approximately 94ft high. It looks amazing in daylight, when you can explore the Lighthouse and Museum for less than 10 bucks. The lighthouse is located in the Screven Fort in Battery Gartland. This was used as a defence system by the United States until it was de-commissioned in 1947. It’s is also a conservation area, as it’s clearly of national importance.
Hmmm…I seem to have gone off on a tangent again. I really must stop that. Anyway, as I was saying, we wanted to see the sunset. At that time of night, the car park was fairly empty and it was a couple of dollars to park for an hour hour. And so we waited. It was so worth it.
The night was warm and still bright and the shadows created by the sinking sun were fabulous. I’m so glad I refrained from my usual nightly cocktail or two until we got back to Savannah. Go me, right?