Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse . Ponce Inlet . Florida . Watercolor . 14" x 20"
... 10 miles south of Daytona Beach, on the north bank of Mosquito (Ponce) Inlet, where the Halifax and Indian Rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean, is the 175-foot tall, Ponce Inlet Light Tower. It is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and second only to the Cape Hatteras tower as the tallest masonry lighthouse in the United States. The Tower was erected and lit in 1887 and served until 1970. In 1982 the light returned to service as a privately administered navigation aid. The Ponce Inlet site is one of the few remaining lighthouse stations that still contain all of the original structures... the lighthouse and three keepers' buildings have been restored. The facility was named a National Historic Landmark in 1998 and the entire site is open to the public as a museum.