The Rear Range Lighthouse is one of only a handful of skeletal towers still in existence in America. The main lighthouse structure, which is now inactive, includes a central cylindrical stair tower, a wooden watch room and a cypress lantern room.
Greenwood Communities and Resorts originally restored the structure in 1985 when it opened the lighthouse to the public. And a decorative sodium vapor optic was installed. You can view photos here of the lighthouse prior to this very extensive restoration.
In 2019, the Hilton Head Rear Range Lighthouse underwent a very extensive renovation. This included:
the addition of a new cedar shingle roof, which was stained
replacement of 360-degree observation deck boards and structural wood areas
cleaning and treating of interior and cleaning of exterior
the structure was painted with an oil-based, marine-grade paint
the windows and doors were replaced and painted in a “Charleston Green”
overgrown foliage around the lighthouse was removed, and more.
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