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  Sapelo Light  

Located five miles off the Georgia mainland, Sapelo Island truly has a rich history. Before Thomas Spalding acquired much of the island in 1802, Sapelo had been home to Spanish missionaries, and French and English settlers. Spalding established a productive plantation on the island, growing sea-island cotton, sugar cane, and rice with the help of roughly 400 slaves.

The original brick lighthouse, oil house and cistern were meticulously restored in 1998. A spiral staircase was rebuilt inside the lighthouse permitting visitors to climb the tower for an elevated view of Doboy Sound. The original Sapelo Lighthouse was painted with six bright stripes, and the lantern room, after having been dark for almost a century, exhibits a light once again. Side-by-side photographs exhibited inside the oil house show the dramatic transformation that occurred during the 1998 restoration.

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