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Harbor Town Light
(Hilton Head Light)
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
1970

Harbor Town Lighthouse and Golf, Hilton Head SC
Harbor Town Lighthouse painting by Roger Bansemer

Harbor Town lighthouse print, Hilton Head

Original painting also available

Harbortown Lighthouse - Hilton Head

Surrounded by elegant shops, galleries, and restaurants at its base, the Harbor Town lighthouse at Hilton Head was built in 1970 and is quite well loved by residents and visitors even though many lighthouse purists resent it. The Coast Guard doesn’t maintain it and officially it’s not a lighthouse at all although it does have a beacon inside. It does guide boats in from the waterway on the mainland side of the island but the intentions of this lighthouse are not to assist in safe passage. It was built for one purpose, to create an aid to commerce rather than an aid to navigation. It’s basically a tourist attraction that works as a three dimensional sign and symbol in the shape of a lighthouse promoting Hilton Head. The idea has worked and it has become a prominent identification tool for not only the Hilton Head area but for South Carolina in general.

It will cost you a few dollars to get on the part of the island where the Harbortown lighthouse is located. Many restrictions are in force on the island, for instance you can’t trailer a boat into that area as I found out. The whole island is designed to service the privileged few. Not my kind of place although I’ll have to admit that the grounds are so well kept that it is impressive.

The Harbortown lighthouse is open daily and there’s no charge to walk the one hundred and ten stairs to the top where you can read plaques with information and pictures about Harbour Town and the lighthouse. Charles E. Fraser developed much of the island and built the lighthouse. Although his idea for this privately owned beacon met with skepticism at the time, over the years not only the lighthouse but all of Hilton Head has became more and more popular. The ninety-foot high tower offers a nice view of the small harbor and the Harbour Town Golf Course that is part of the Sea Pines Plantation development. When you get to the top you’ll find a gift shop full of typical souvenirs.

Hilton Head Lighthouse Map, Harbor Town Lighthouse Map

The lighthouse offers a nice view of the small harbor which is part of the Sea Pines Plantation development. It will cost you a few dollars to even get on that part of the island and many restrictions are in force. For instance you can’t trailer a boat into that area. The whole area is really designed to service the elite. Not my kind of place although I’ll have to admit that the grounds are so well kept that it is impressive.

The lighthouse is open daily

Harbor Town Lighthouse, Hilton Head
harbortown lighthouse
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