Tybee Island, GA – Since it was in the teens this morning, I thought we should head down to the coast and take a look inside the Head Keepers Cottage.  When I visited here it was perfect 75 degree weather!

This is part of the Tybee Island Lighthouse & Museum, a great stop on the north end of Tybee Island.  A lighthouse, a compound of buildings circa 1900 and a fort overlooking the water – all fun stuff to me!  Yes you can climb to the top of the lighthouse too, it is 11,123,178   oops I mean 178 steps to the top.  But today we are going inside a cottage.

The Head Keepers Cottage was built circa 1881.  The Tybee Island Historical Society did some incredible renovations between 1999-2003 to show visitors how things were in the early 1900s.

Entering by the kitchen, I loved the old refrigerator – and the sign taped to it – “I AM OLD AND CREAKY AND COMING APART” – hey, I think I need that sign on me some days!


Loved looking around the downstairs rooms and period furnishings.  I see things that remind me of my grandparents and great grandparents homes.  One thing I was curious about – why were the walls wood?  Where was the plaster?  And check out the vintage bathroom!

So why no plaster walls?  Turns out it HAD plaster walls at one point – but it is right next to the fort, which had large guns.  When they used the big guns during target practice, it cracked the plaster.  Thus the wooden walls.

Upstairs bedrooms:

Across the street in the fort is a great little museum that gives you an idea of Tybee Island throughout the years.  Really worth some time if you’re at Tybee Island, and the volunteers from the Tybee Island Historical Society show everyone some southern hospitality.



3 Replies to “Tybee Island Lighthouse – Head Keepers Cottage Tour”

  1. Lane you are part historian, part teacher, and part comedian. Love this blog! As a fellow enthusiast of history, architecture, and fun this blog is the complete package. So when do you start selling “experience packages” so we can accompany you on these fun trips thru the past?

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