Castle Pinckney Light

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Castle Pinckney Light
File:Castle Pinckney - showing early light beacon.jpg
Castle Pinckney from an 1861 illustration in Frank Leslie's Weekly
Castle Pinckney Light is located in South Carolina
Castle Pinckney Light
Castle Pinckney Light
Location Shutes' Folly Island, Charleston County, South Carolina
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Year first constructed 1855
Deactivated 1917
Focal height 50 feet (15 m) (1855)
Original lens 5th order Fresnel lens (1855)
ARLHS number USA-1002

Castle Pinckney Light is a former lighthouse on Shutes' Folly Island in Charleston Harbor, Charleston County, South Carolina.[1][2][3][4]

Castle Pinckney was a c. 1810 U.S. coastal fortification, which was built upon the site of Fort Pinckney, a 1797 fort destroyed during an 1804 hurricane.

Castle Pinckney was occupied by Confederate forces during the Civil War.


In 1855, a yellow tower with a focal plane of 50 feet (15 m) was built at Castle Pinckney. It had a 5th order Fresnel lens.[1][2]

In 1878, Castle Pinckney was transferred to the Lighthouse Board for use as a lighthouse depot for the Sixth District. A new lighthouse was constructed in 1880. A third lighthouse was constructed in 1890, and it was made a lighthouse station.[1][2]

In 1916, the lighthouse depot was moved to Tradd Street in Charleston. The lighthouse station was deactivated in 1917, and Castle Pinckney was transferred to the War Department for a time.

The lighthouse was probably destroyed in 1938.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Clary, Margie Willis, The Beacons of South Carolina, Sandlapper Publishing Co., Inc., Orangeburg, SC, 2005, pp. xii-xiii, 101-102, ISBN 0-87844-176-X.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "History of Castle Pinckney". South Carolina State Port Authority. Retrieved 2008-08-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Castle Pinckney National Monument". Glimpses of Historical Areas East of the Mississippi River. U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-08-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Castle Pinckney Light". Lighthouse Depot. Retrieved 2008-08-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>