Tybee Island is a wonderful and eclectic beach destination, from its community to its attractions and sites. Located just outside of Savannah, one of its most notable characteristics is the number of historic sites–from homes to landmarks–you will find there.
Dating all the way back to the 1700s, Tybee has homes, forts and lighthouses that have been well maintained, many of which are open to tourists. These magnificent landmarks include Fort Pulaski, Fort Screven (Battery Garland), The Cockspur Lighthouse, and Tybee Lighthouse.
- Fort Pulaski: Technically on the nearby Cockspur Island, this amazing monument was built in the early 1800s (started in 1829). It was named after Casimir Pulaski, has been well maintained and is presently open for all people to enjoy.
- Fort Screven: Approved in 1786 and built in 1855, this fort played an integral part in American history, being utilized in the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. Currently, the fort residence and the Tybee Island Museum for all to visit.
- Cockspur Lighthouse: Built on Cockspur Island in 1855, this lighthouse stands 46 feet high, has survived a civil war battle and is part of the Fort Pulaski National Monument. Restoration began on it in 1995 and it was relit in 2007 with a solar powered beacon.
- Tybee Lighthouse: Initial construction on this lighthouse dates back to 1732 and was ordered under James Oglethorpe. It guided mariners safely into the Savannah river for over 270 years and currently displays its 1916 aesthetic. Presently, tours are available for the public to enjoy this historic landmark.
These are just some of the main historic sites on Tybee, but there are a number of others and private historic homes available, as well.