When the Sea Pines Resort founder Charles Fraser built the Harbour Town Lighthouse in 1970 many people thought he was crazy. There is not much maritime traffic for the lighthouse to direct and they wondered why he did it. This 90-foot lighthouse may not have a storied history, but its red and white stripes have become the symbol of Hilton Head Island.
Open daily for climbing, on sunny days, you can see for miles around. The outdoor wrap-around balcony that has a panoramic view of Calibogue Sound and Harbour Town below and is one of the Island’s greatest spots for “photo ops” and sunset viewing.
On the main level is a museum which displays a eclectic collection of 19th Century and Civil War-era photographs and artifacts. Pause on large landings to read about the Island’s legends and history starting with the prehistoric Yemassee Indians, through the Island’s Civil War era, the construction of the lighthouse itself, and the Island’s development. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase a variety of Island souvenirs! Admission is $3.75 per person and children 5 and under are FREE.