I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Seashore Sunday

Hi! Welcome to Seashore Sunday! If you've never been here before, Sunday is the day of spotlighting a story or a picture of the seashore. I just love everything pertaining to the sea, the seashore, sea life, seashells, and all kinds of beachy goodness and beauty!

For the past few weeks, the focus has been on Lighthouses, and this week it's back to the east coast to check out the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
I took this photo in March of 2007. It was rainy, and dreary, and the lighthouse wasn't open that day. The St. Augustine Lighthouse is still at the top of my list for places to see (again) AND it's a lighthouse that can be visited inside!

I need to muster up the courage to go, because it is a Haunted Lighthouse. They even do night tours in the dark!  Witnesses have reported hearing footsteps and voices, smelling cigar smoke, and seeing the ghost of a girl.

Having 219 steps makes it quite a daunting climb, and children under 44 inches aren't permitted inside. The lighthouse is open from 9am-6pm Monday through Friday, with Dark of the Moon tours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Times vary depending on the time of year.

The history of the St. Augustine Lighthouse goes clear back to the Spanish! The original lighthouse was built on the site of a Spanish watchtower, and another lighthouse was built when shoreline erosion threatened the lighthouse. The original lighthouse succumbed to storm and sea in 1780, just 6 years after the new lighthouse was finished.

Did you know St. Augustine is the oldest permanent settlement on the North American continent? The Spanish settled here 42 years before Jamestown was founded, and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock! Of course, the Timucuam Indians watched the 1500 Spanish troops descend on the area.

You can delve deeper in the history of the lighthouse by checking out the links highlighted above, and there are many beautiful pictures of it here.

When I do take my tour of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, I will be sharing it here!

* Redecorating Update*
You know I have been busy painting (and it is taking forever!) I'm not sure if I mentioned that hubby is laying tile too? And laminate/hardwood in our bedroom? The bedroom and bathroom floors are done, and the kitchen will be grouted today!!! The main bathroom will be next....maybe next month. I think we need a break, and need to put together what we've torn apart before we take on anymore home projects!
And that will leave me to crafting, and doing the decor part. WooHoo!
I bought a bolt of muslin, and I can't wait to use it! Just wait till you see what comes next! I will be sharing pics this week, even if everything isn't back in place...and you can see my projects come together!

Have a Delllllightful Day!



Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Hey there, thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I have been to the lighthouse last August, what a climb up, I had to take several breakes. Would not go up again. Great view from the top though. Cheers

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Hey there, thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I have been to the lighthouse last August, what a climb up, I had to take several breakes. Would not go up again. Great view from the top though. Cheers

Liz said...

What an interesting post! I really love lighthouses. and I love learning the history about interesting landmarks! Thanks for sharing! You've inspired me to share some photos of places I've visited in the past! :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is our favorite lighthouse...it MUST be! We have one painted on our wall in the kitchen! heehee! http://lavenderdreamstoo.blogspot.com/2009/12/lets-paint-lighthouse.html
Hubby stopped by my computer to see your post! We both love it! Sounds like you are working hard in your house! We need to do some of those projects, too...one of these days! Enjoy your day, my friend! ♥

Gypsea Nurse said...

I am a lighthouse lover! And this is a must when I move!
Thanks so much for the info!
Have a great week!

Rachel said...

i love reading all the lighthouse stories you are posting, very very interesting! I wanna go in a haunted lighthouse that would be so much fun :) And the picture you took... this place looks like it came right out of a movie, I have never seen such a neat one before :)

-rachel w k

Cheryl K said...

OOOh! Great ghost info! I'd never go there at night, but I loved seeing th ghost evidence on their web site link.
Can't wait to see what you do with the muslin.

Sheryl Hastings said...

You know how I love lighthouses. I'm right there with you! The haunted tour, not sure I'd be with you on the one though. As much as I love lighthouses, I prefer to appreciate them from the outside. Something mysterious and kind of creepy on the inside.

It seems like when you have a home there is always something that needs done. We redid the entire kitchen and master bath recently. I love our porceline tile in the kitchen. It looks so cool! But it is cool too, espeically in the winter! Better have slippers on.

Creatively Missy said...

I'm so glad you posted about this lighthouse! St. Augustine is one of the cities of interest on our moving list. I'm hoping to get a road trip in soon to check it out.

I'm taking a break on the inside house redo. The weather is about perfect for painting outside so we might work on that soon.

Until then I am hoping to get back to crafting!

Hope all is well your way!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, I love lighthouses!!! And you're not too late to link something up to the party...It's on 'til Friday. You're welcome to link up an older post too!


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I like the paint job on this one - it looks like a green candy cane! And I'm all in for the Dark of the Moon tour!

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