Harbour Town Lighthouse LevelsFrom my proud perch of being one of the only female lighthouse keepers in North America, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Harbour Town Lighthouse!

Just over four decades old, the red-and-white-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse serves not only as a beacon to the many ships that reside in our Yacht Basin but also as a landmark that has come to symbolize Hilton Head Island to people all over the world. With the addition of the Lighthouse Legends Tour in 2001, we were able to transform this icon into an informative, educational, and fun experience for all!

In addition to the historica lighthouse tour, we proudly offer one of the most unique gift shops on Hilton Head Island, featuring one the largest collections about lighthouses in America. Not only are we a beacon for travelers, we are also a beacon for charity! In order to thank the community that has supported us for so long, we annually donate a portion of all admission fees to various local charities – past few years we donated over $62,000.

We are so pleased that you chose to make us a part of your trip to Harbour Town! Make sure to let your friends and family know they can share in your Lighthouse Legends Tour experience by checking our Lighthouse WebCam.

Happy Climbing!
Nadia Wagner

Lighthouse Keeper

Admission is $3.75 per person and children 5 and under are FREE.
The Lighthouse Staff would like to thank the following parties for allowing us to use their images for our Historical Lighthouse Legends Tour: Coastal Discovery Museum, Hack Family, Boston Visitor and Convention Bureau, IWL Photography, Island Packet, Western Reserve Historical Society, Earnest Ferbuson, The Propst Family

Climb through time. Explore the Island’s rich history and get the inside story on the creation of the Lighthouse.

  • Hilton Head Island has been inhabited by human beings deep into the misty past of pre-history, perhaps 10,000 years ago and [...]

  • From the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse, you can experience vistas similar to the sights that the great seamen [...]

  • Our neighbor to the south, Georgia, became the thirteenth colony in 1733. Under the leadership of General James Oglethorpe it [...]

  • By 1728 the last of the Yemassee Indians were driven south into the Florida Everglades. A famed Indian fighter that [...]

  • South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union over the issue of slavery. After the fall of [...]

  • In 1790, shortly after the Revolutionary War, an island planter named William Elliott II grew his first crop of a [...]

  • The end of the Civil War came as swiftly and dramatically as the beginning. In a matter of days, the [...]

  • After 1869, while Hilton Head Island slept under the warm Carolina sun, it became enriched by the Gullah culture but [...]

  • The era of modern day Hilton Head Island effectively began with the 1956 bridge. Since that time, Charles Fraser initiated [...]

  • CHARLES FRASER AND SEA PINES PLANTATION A little known part of this island’s history to visitors and residents alike when [...]

  • THE HERITAGE CLASSIC In 1968, selected sports writers and golf periodicals received telegrams announcing a new tournament to be called [...]

  • HARBOUR TOWN LIGHTHOUSE For as long as man has gone down to the sea in ships, lighthouses have dotted the [...]

  • THE HAIG POINT LIGHT Just across the sound from the Harbour Town Lighthouse, you can get a glimpse of one [...]

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  • THE GHOST OF THE YEMASSEE WARRIOR Like most lighthouses there are ghostly tales that are occasionally told about the Harbour [...]