Favorite thing: Jupiter Inlet lighthouse is another one that was built by George G. Meade. The 105 ft brick tower is painted brick red; the lantern is painted black. The lighthouse can be shorter because it is on a mound that is about 14 feet tall. The original rotating 1st order Fresnel lens remains in use. The principal keeper's house burned in 1927, but there is a small museum in the oil house. This lighthouse is the oldest building in Palm Beach County. The 150th anniversary of the lighthouse was celebrated in January 2010.
Fondest memory: While I was walking around taking my pictures, Bob talked to the guide who was new. He said that the lightening cable which goes down the side of the lighthouse was not grounded, and when lightening hit the tower, it blew some bricks out.
So now it does go to ground.
- Road Trip
Favorite thing: The state and Coast Guard carried out a major renovation of the tower during 1999-2000, during which archaeologists discovered the light is built on a 14 foot tall Indian mound. In 2008, the light station and its surroundings were designated an Outstanding Natural Area, and in 2009 the lighthouse received $1 million in federal stimulus funding, roughly half for lighthouse maintenance and improvements and half for habitat restoration in the natural area.
- Museum Visits
Favorite thing: Jupiter Lighthouse, of course. They also have a tour of the lighthouse during the first part of the week.
Roller blade down A1A along the beach.
Fondest memory: Taking my dog to the beach. They are dog friendly their.