Museum Day

Museum Day Celebration at Crooked River Lighthouse

Join us as we celebrate Museum Day on Saturday, September 30 from 9 am - 5 pm.

In honor of this day, Crooked River Lighthouse Keeper's House Museum will join forces with the Carrabelle History Museum and Camp Gordon Johnston Museum to have special focus on activities and exhibits related to this year’s theme “Innovation and Technology in History”. Each of Carrabelle’s three history museums will each commemorate it with their own unique focus and interpretation. In honor of the theme, Crooked River Lighthouse will focus on part of our new Fresnel lens exhibit to include Augustin Fresnel’s development of a superior light bending apparatus which vastly improved the efficiency of lighthouse lamps, early inventors in light science, the evolution of fuels, and signaling innovations.  Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

Full Moon Events

 

Strawberry Moon FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 8-10 pm Music by Kevin Andrew & the Rockulla Performers

The Crooked River Lighthouse will be hosting a Full Moon Event on Friday, June 21, from 8:00-10:00 pm in Carrabelle, FL with live music by Kevin Andrew and the Rockulla Performers. Visitors can enjoy the gorgeous natural surroundings of St. George Sound and Carrabelle Beach under the glow of the full Strawberry Moon. Plus purchase some delicious food from one of the local favorites, A Train Stop food truck.

Visitors can also have an after-hours visit in the Keeper’s House Museum and see the exhibit for the lighthouse’s original, historic Fresnel lens. Guests can listen to live music with Kevin Andrew and the Rockulla Performers, a variety of young talent that will be playing guitar and ukulele as well as singing an assortment of songs including some classic country tunes, timeless oldies, and more.  Guests may also enjoy the glowing bonfire in the park. Bring a chair and enjoy the evening. Plus purchase some delicious food from one of the local favorites, A Train Stop food truck. 

While at this Full Moon event, evening climbs are also available for those brave souls who are bold enough to venture to the top of the tallest Forgotten Coast lighthouse. Evening climbs cost $10 for climbers (age 13+). Timed tower climb tickets are required for those who wish to climb the lighthouse tower during this event. Timed tickets are available at GET TICKETS or by dropping by our gift shop. Advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested as these tickets may sell out. 

Those who would like to help offset the additional costs for this after-hours event and support the lighthouse are welcome to make a donation either in advance at DONATION or donate in person at the event.  


Buck Moon SUNDAY, JULY 21, 8-10 pm Music by Kevin Andrew & the Rockulla Performers

The Crooked River Lighthouse will be hosting a Full Moon Event on Sunday, July 21, from 8:00-10:00 pm in Carrabelle, FL with live music by Kevin Andrew and the Rockulla Performers. Visitors can enjoy the gorgeous natural surroundings of St. George Sound and Carrabelle Beach under the glow of the full Buck Moon. Plus purchase some delicious food from one of the local favorites, A Train Stop food truck.

Visitors can also have an after-hours visit in the Keeper’s House Museum and see the exhibit for the lighthouse’s original, historic Fresnel lens. Guests can listen to live music with Kevin Andrew and the Rockulla Performers, a variety of young talent that will be playing guitar and ukulele as well as singing an assortment of songs including some classic country tunes, timeless oldies, and more.  Guests may also enjoy the glowing bonfire in the park. Bring a chair and enjoy the evening. Plus purchase some delicious food from one of the local favorites, A Train Stop food truck. 

While at this Full Moon event, evening climbs are also available for those brave souls who are bold enough to venture to the top of the tallest Forgotten Coast lighthouse. Evening climbs cost $10 for climbers (age 13+). Timed tower climb tickets are required for those who wish to climb the lighthouse tower during this event. Timed tickets are available at GET TICKETS or by dropping by our gift shop. Advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested as these tickets may sell out. 

Those who would like to help offset the additional costs for this after-hours event and support the lighthouse are welcome to make a donation either in advance at DONATION or donate in person at the event.  


Sturgeon Moon SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 8-10 pm 

The Crooked River Lighthouse will be hosting a Full Moon Event on Sunday, August 18, from 8:00-10:00 pm in Carrabelle, FL. Visitors can enjoy the gorgeous natural surroundings of St. George Sound and Carrabelle Beach under the glow of the full Sturgeon Moon. Plus purchase some delicious food from one of the local favorites, A Train Stop food truck.

Visitors can also have an after-hours visit in the Keeper’s House Museum and see the exhibit for the lighthouse’s original, historic Fresnel lens. Guests may also enjoy the glowing bonfire in the park. Bring a chair and enjoy the evening. Plus purchase some delicious food from one of the local favorites, A Train Stop food truck. 

While at this Full Moon event, evening climbs are also available for those brave souls who are bold enough to venture to the top of the tallest Forgotten Coast lighthouse. Evening climbs cost $10 for climbers (age 13+). Timed tower climb tickets are required for those who wish to climb the lighthouse tower during this event. Timed tickets are available at GET TICKETS or by dropping by our gift shop. Advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested as these tickets may sell out. 

Those who would like to help offset the additional costs for this after-hours event and support the lighthouse are welcome to make a donation either in advance at DONATION or donate in person at the event.  

ABOUT FULL MOON EVENING EVENTS

Enjoy this opportunity to see the gorgeous natural surroundings of the St. George Sound and Carrabelle Beach under the glow of the rising full moon. Take an after-hours self-guided tour of the Keeper’s House Museum and visit the new exhibit for the lighthouse’s original, historic Fresnel lens. Browse inside the Lighthouse Gift Shop for unique nautical gifts and souvenirs.  Chill by the glowing bonfire in the park (weather permitting). Bring a chair and enjoy the evening with us.

At the Full Moon event, evening climbs are also available for those brave souls who are bold enough to venture to the top of the tallest Forgotten Coast lighthouse. Climbers will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the bay. Evening climbs cost $10. All climbers must be at least 44 inches tall. There will be a time limit for viewing from the top. Tickets are required for those who wish to climb the lighthouse tower during this event. Tickets are available by dropping by our gift shop. Advance purchase is strongly suggested as slots may sell out. A limited number of climbers (max of 8) are allowed at one time.

Guests who would like a more leisurely climbing experience are welcome to enjoy one of the daytime climbs available every Wednesday through Sunday. Masks are welcome but not required.

Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. 

 

 

Country Markets

FIRST, THIRD & FIFTH SATURDAYS 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Now is a great time to check out the Country Farmer’s Market at the Crooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle. Markets are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Lighthouse Park, 1975 Hwy 98 West in Carrabelle. The open-air market at the foot of the Lighthouse features local vendors with perfect gifts and goodies like farm-fresh produce, locally handcrafted jewelry, batch roasted coffee, grass-fed beef, handmade goods and craft items, delicious baked goods including cinnamon rolls, artisan breads, and cookies, gorgeous art & photography, handcrafted balms, aromatic herbs, and so much more. Plus, there will be book signings, unique t-shirts, vegetable seeds, and exotic starter plants to explore.

 Admission to the park for the Country Market is free to the public. 

Guests can also visit the free Museum and browse inside the Lighthouse Gift Shop for unique nautical gifts. In addition, visitors have the unique opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the Bay. And make sure to look for the Spring and Fall Vintage Flea & Country Farmer's Market. 

Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. 

BE A MARKET VENDOR!

The Market is growing steadily and is encouraging vendors to join and may sign up at any time. The cost to be a vendor is $10 a market. Vendors are asked to bring all supplies needed with them (enough cash / change for the day, table, chairs, signage, etc.). If you are interested or have questions, please contact the lighthouse at 850-697-2732 or carrabellelighthouse@gmail.com.

Museum Day

Museum Day

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Honoring Our Military 

Back by popular demand all three of Carrabelle’s wonderful museums will open their doors on Saturday, May 1, 2021 as part of a special rescheduled Museum Day. In salute to this day, Carrabelle History Museum, Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum, and Crooked River Lighthouse Museum will have special activities and displays.

This year, the Carrabelle museums will use Museum Day to pay tribute to the members of our country’s Armed Forces past and present as part of National Military Appreciation Month. Military Appreciation Month was officially designated by Congress in 1999. Every year, the president issues a proclamation reminding Americans to celebrate this patriotic month by honoring those who have served in all branches of service. May was chosen because it has many individual days marked to note our military's achievements, including Memorial Day, Loyalty Day (established in 1921), Victory in Europe (VE) Day commemorating the end of WWII in Europe in 1945, Children of Fallen Patriots Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Armed Forces Day.

The Crooked River Lighthouse will be paying tribute to veterans and heroes of the U. S. Lighthouse Service and U. S. Coast Guard and featuring the service of Carrabelle's Lighthouse Keepers including a story of local heroism. We will also be honoring the crew of a U.S. Coast Guard HU-16E Airplane who died in a crash at sea just off of Carrabelle during a search and rescue mission in the 1960s. In addition, all active-duty military and veterans can also climb the lighthouse tower for free on Saturday. Join us Saturday, May 1 from 9 am - 5 pm for Museum Day.

LINKS TO FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES

Members & Volunteers

photo by April Kennedy Harry

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 and volunteers 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.

OFFICERS

President Steven Allen
Executive Vice-President 
Lori Gilbertson
Secretary 

Treasurer Missy Cumbie
Grounds and Park Keeper 
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, Kathy Palmer

MEMBERS SHINE A LIGHT!

Benefits of Membership

In addition to the personal profound satisfaction and the opportunity to join the community of volunteers and supporters at the Crooked River Lighthouse.  Members at the Crooked River Lighthouse receive the following benefits.

Free daytime tower climbs ($6 value each) plus a 10% discount on merchandise at the gift shop and full moon event tower climbs (Online reservations ONLY w/ membership code) for the term of membership:

  • INDIVIDUAL KEEPER ($25): Member named on card.
  • FAMILY KEEPER ($50): Member, spouse and children under 18.
  • BEACON KEEPER ($250 Business Membership):  Member, spouse, and family. Employees of Beacon Keeper’s business are entitled to one free climb. 50% Discount on special brick purchases to advertise your business as a supporter of the lighthouse. Business Members are entitled to a link on the CRL website and recognition in newsletters.
  • GUARDIAN OF THE LIGHT ($500): Lifetime free admission to all Crooked River Lighthouse public events for member, spouse and children under 18 or accompanying guests.

All Members can opt-in to receive a monthly email announcing upcoming events.

New and renewing members will have the opportunity to complete a members-only volunteer survey indicating interest in sharing your knowledge, skills and abilities with the Crooked River Lighthouse community.

  • Interested in being a volunteer docent for the museum?
  • Would you like to lead or be a part of a committee working to expand marketing, programming or fundraising?
  • Do you have special skills or abilities (carpentry, plumbing, landscaping, gardening, etc.) to share?
  • Would you like to serve as a volunteer supporting tower climbs, parking, and more?

Please join us and support the continued preservation of the historic Crooked River Lighthouse Tower and improvements to the park.  Welcome aboard!

Help protect, preserve and restore our lighthouse's heritage.  All donations are tax deductible.
Join us or renew and pay by check  WITH THIS FORM.

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Volunteers Shine the Way! (Non-Member)

Cheers to our valuable volunteers! 

Volunteering Opportunities:

  • 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!
  • Clean the lighthouse tower
  • Garden – help maintain, pull weeds, assist Country Market produce sales
  • Inside & outside of Keeper’s House: Clean, sweep or pressure wash porch; minor repairs inside & out
  • Assist in Gift Shop and Museum; office/inside chores
  • Carpentry skills appreciated anytime!
  • Lantern Fest in November

We need and value volunteers!  Visit our Calendar for upcoming events.  Contact us: carrabellelighthouse@gmail.com or 850-697-2732.

Crooked River Lighthouse Museum Volunteers Can: 

Get a 10% discount on any items purchased in the gift shop. (Excluding consignment items)

One free daytime tower climb per week.


CLA Selected for U.S. Lighthouse Society Grant

CRLH Tower by David StahlerThe Carrabelle Lighthouse Association Inc. (CLA) was recently selected to receive a $1,000 grant from the United States Lighthouse Society on behalf of the Crooked River Lighthouse and Keeper’s House Museum. We are one of 35 lighthouses in the nation and only 4 in Florida to receive a 2021 Emergency Relief Grant from the U.S. Lighthouse Society.

The grant specifically provides financial assistance for operational expenses for lighthouses due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum’s revenue and attendance were significantly impacted last year by the pandemic. Steve Allen, Board President for the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association said, “We are very grateful to the United States Lighthouse Society. These funds will help us continue to share this historic treasure with the community and the public.”

The United States Lighthouse Society is a nonprofit historical and educational organization dedicated to saving and sharing the rich maritime legacy of American lighthouses and supporting lighthouse preservation throughout the nation.

Crooked River Lighthouse and Keeper’s House Museum is located in Carrabelle, just west of the Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1975 Hwy 98 W, Carrabelle. The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association is 501c3 non-profit devoted to the worthy cause of maintaining and sharing the Crooked River Lighthouse as a piece of maritime history. For more information, contact Crooked River Lighthouse at (850) 697-2732 or keeper@crookedriverlighthouse.com.