Public gets chance to visit Charleston Light

SULLIVANS ISLAND, SC (AP) - The public has a chance to visit the Charleston Light, which the National Park Service calls the last major lighthouse built in the United States.

The open house at the light on Sullivan's Island is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

The light was commissioned in 1962. It replaced the original Charleston Harbor light on Morris Island, which was built in 1876. The Coast Guard transferred the lighthouse to the National Park Service in 2008.

For safety reasons, visitors will not be able to climb to the top of the light but the grounds, quarters and boat house will be open to provide a glimpse of maritime history.

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