Home of the Crooked River Lighthouse and the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association
The Lighthouse Tower, built on its current site in 1895 and restored in 2007, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This iron skeleton structure is topped with a circular parapet which provides great viewing for those adventurous enough to climb its 128 inside steps which are open to the public. The historic 103-foot lighthouse is the tallest on the Forgotten Coast.
Admission to the Museum and Park Grounds are Free, and hours are 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday thru Saturday (closed on Tuesdays) as well as open additional hours for special events like Country Markets, Full Moon events and more (see event for specific hours and details). The Lighthouse Tower is open for climbs, weather permitting, with a cost of $5.00 for adults (age 13+), $3.00 for youth (6-12 yrs), and free for children ( 5 & under). All climbers must be 44 inches tall.
The highlight of the Keeper's House Museum is the lighthouse's original Fourth Order Fresnel lens fabricated in 1894 in Paris, France. This unique lens is a rare, bi-valve open face design featuring a 90 degree group flash and is made of brass and glass prism rings. Other exhibits include a historical setting of the early 1900’s, examples of lighthouse beacons through the years, and the methods of constructing a skeletal tower lighthouse. Everyday life objects are seen in the Keeper’s room, including the Lighthouse's original clock, a barometer, an antique glass fire grenade, pages from the Lighthouse Keeper’s watch book, currency and much more.
The CRLH Gift Shop is full of wonderful nautical-themed gifts including art, jewelry, home decor, apparel, toys, and souvenirs for both children and adults.
Surrounding the lighthouse is Crooked River Lighthouse Park, a publicly owned historic and natural resource conservation site with outdoor recreation area. It is open daily from dawn to dusk.
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Programs, News, Events, and More . . .
2023 LANTERN FEST IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 FROM 6-10PM
Crooked River Lighthouse Hosts a Night of Magical History!
Glowing lanterns, music, dance and moonlit tower climbs bring magic and history together.
This year's Lantern Fest will be celebrated on Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 6-10 pm on the park grounds at Crooked River Lighthouse, 1975 Highway 98 West, Carrabelle Beach, FL. Our unique outdoor festival lights up the night with magic and history at the 1895 maritime landmark. Special activities include live music and dance, moonlit tower climbs, ancient craft demonstrations, enchanting glowing lantern display, museum displays, gift shop, and delicious food and desserts.
The Tallahassee Community College Dance Company will dazzle guests on the outdoor stage with their superb choreography, amazing talent and imaginative use of glow-in-the-dark props and illusions.
Join our unique birthday party as the Crooked River Lighthouse turns 128 years old!
Tickets are on sale now and are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.
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Featuring a remarkably gifted and entertaining musical group, The Currys!
The Currys have been staking their claim within the Americana music scene since 2013, when vocalist / guitarist Tommy Curry quit his teaching job and moved to join the harmony-based folk-rock outfit newly formed by brother Jimmy Curry (vocals, guitar) and cousin Galen Curry (vocals, bass). The band, who cut their teeth playing the oyster bars and listening rooms of the Florida Panhandle, has since written and released two full-length albums. The band's three-park family harmonies provide the organic, lived-in feel of roots music. Their songs defy any neat categorization - country nostalgia, folk-pop, harmony-driven Americana and grittier folk-rock.
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PAVE THE PATHWAYS . . .WITH A CUSTOM ENGRAVED BRICK!
Support our ongoing efforts to maintain the Crooked River Lighthouse Park by purchasing a custom engraved brick paver to be placed in front of the lighthouse tower door. Honor a loved on with a permanent tribute or highlight your business, give congratulations or simply share a favorite saying.
PURCHASE ONLINE HERE
8" x 4" BRICK $40
8" x 8" BRICK $60
12" x 12" BRICK $80
ADD CLIPART TO ANY SIZE BRICK FOR $6
COMING SOON . . .
More progress is happening on the Pirate Ship! As people start to see the reality of the ship being built, enthusiastic ideas for a name have been rolling in - from Carrabella II (after our first pirate ship), to Le Tigre (after a real local shipwreck) to the Forgotten Phoenix (rising from the ashes).
STAY TUNED FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEW SHIP'S NAME!
This long-awaited Pirate Ship is the replacement to the Carrabella Pirate Ship that heartbreakingly burned down in 2015. A combination of funds received from generous individual and business donors, the insurance settlement, the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, and plays and fundraisers like the Crab Cake Cook-Off have raised $60,000 to replace the pirate ship. With the support of many local businesses donating their services and goods, the new Pirate Ship is well underway. The new Pirate Ship, like its predecessor, will have two uses for our community – provide recreational playground equipment for children of all ages and act as a backdrop for plays and musical performances.
VISIT OUR GIFT SHOP
When you come to see the Lighthouse and Keepers House Museum, bee sure to stop into our quaint Shop to buy a fun collectible for yourself or as a gift.
CARRABELLE LIGHTHOUSE ASSOCIATION
In 1999 the U.S. Coast Guard had plans to surplus the Crooked River Lighthouse and auction it off to the highest bidder. It was at this time that the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association, Inc. (CLA) was formed by a dedicated group of local citizens with the goal of preserving, restoring, and opening the lighthouse to the public. In August 2001 the CLA, in conjunction with the City of Carrabelle, was successful in having the Lighthouse deeded to the City through the Federal Lands to Parks program. Since that time the CLA and City officials have worked to obtain funding for the restoration of this historic treasure of Florida's "Forgotten Coast."
Today, the CLA's members are devoted to the worthy cause of restoring this small piece of maritime history. Through its efforts, the CLA has received funds from the Florida Lighthouse Association, the Florida Communities Trust, and the Florida Legislature. These funds have made possible the restoration of the lighthouse and improvements to the land surrounding the lighthouse. If you would like to help continue the work of maintaining the Crooked River Lighthouse, please join the CLA or make a tax deductible donation today. CLA, P.O. BOX 373 Carrabelle, FL 32322.
*The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
President Steven Allen
Executive Vice-President Lori Gilbertson
Treasurer Missy Cumbie
Grounds and Park Keeper Chip Klaus
Safety/Lens Op Keeper Tim Keith-Lucas
Historians John Canetta and Rodney Reeves
Past President Delores Hardin
Charter Member Barbara Revell
Media and PR Sheri Wesson
Curator Joan Matey
Gift Shop Attendants
Eva Gombas, Lori Gilbertson
MEMBERS SHINE A LIGHT!
Help protect, preserve and restore our lighthouse's heritage.
Join us or Renew WITH THIS FORM
KEEPER’S INDIVIDUAL $20
KEEPER’S FAMILY $30
KEEPER'S BEACON $100
GUARDIAN OF THE LIGHT $250
VOLUNTEERS SHINE THE WAY!
Visit our Members & Volunteers page to see how you can help.
- Full Moon Events, (Greeters, Firepit Attendants, assisting lighthouse climbs with Pagers)
- Assist at Country Market (help Vendors set-up, directing visitors)
- Park Grounds Beautification: pick up branches, pine cones, pull weeds, etc. Not to mention great exercise!
- Gardening – help maintain, pull weeds, assist Country Market produce sales
- Maintenance of Keeper’s House: Clean, sweep or pressure wash porch; minor repairs inside & out
- Assist in Gift Shop and Museum; office/inside chores
and many more. . .