In 1824 the American Territorial government commissioned the building of first lighthouse at St. Augustine. It was a structure built from coquina stone - a strong limestone quarried in the area. Coquina is a sedimentary rock comprised of sea shells that have been cemented together over time.
|Original St. Augustine Lighthouse - http://sar-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/superphoto/13832447.jpg|
The lighthouse is built on a Maritime Hammock, a large sand dune that has been over grown by plant life. The plants help stabilize the dune and have become a beautiful park to walk through.
|Trees in the Hammock|
|Live oak in the Hammock|
The St. Augustine Lighthouse is surrounded by several support buildings. At its base is the oil house, where oil for the original light was stored. Across a small lawn is the Keeper's house where the lighthouse keeper and his family lived.
|Oil house at the base of the lighthouse|
|It is a long way up to the top|
|Looking back to St. Augustine|