Preserving Coastal Georgia’s Icons

Mission of Preservation

Welcome to our new Preservation page! The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and the World War II Home Front Museum are two of only a few history museums in Georgia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. In recognition of their architectural and historical significance, both sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since protecting these structures is central to our mission, the Society prioritized major restorations of the St. Simons Lighthouse in 2010, the Keeper’s Dwelling in 2014, and the Historic Coast Guard Station in 2017. Care of these symbols of our cultural heritage reflects the priority that we place on excellence in historic preservation. To learn more about our efforts, please see our Preservation Brochure.

If you would like to support the preservation of Coastal Georgia history, please complete this online form: Preservation Campaign Form.

Safeguarding our History

As we celebrate the 150th birthday of the Lighthouse in 2022, we are reminded of our ongoing responsibility to protect these iconic buildings. In response, a capital campaign was launched to fund a preservation account of $2m, the amount required to guarantee the permanent care of both sites. Thank you to the donors listed below for their dedication to safeguarding our history.

Preservation Made Possible – Now and Forever

All preservation projects adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and are overseen by the Society’s curator. Projects are guided by detailed plans which ensure timely maintenance and protection of the original fabric of the historic structures. Proper maintenance is cost effective and prevents the need for major repairs and restorations in the future. The information below, updated as projects take place, serves as confirmation of the ongoing nature of preservation work and a constant reminder of the generosity of our donors. 

Keeper’s Dwelling Restoration

In 2014, the Society undertook a major restoration of the Keeper’s Dwelling, which included installation of new exhibits. We invite you view the video below featuring the progress of the work over the course of several months.