Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Barracks
|500 Captain Armours Way |
|Jupiter, Florida ||33469|
|Palm Beach County|
This site is located in the Southeast region of the state.
Located within Jupiter Lighthouse Park, exit I-95 on Indian Town Road (Exit 59, SR 706) east to US 1. Turn left (north), cross bridge to first traffic signal (A1A) and turn right to Jupiter Lighthouse Park on right.
This site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The oldest surviving structure in Palm Beach County, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse went in to service in 1860, just prior to the beginning of the Civil War. Staffed by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) personnel beginning in 1939, during World War II the light was dimmed to protect Allied ships in the Atlantic. The higher intensity lights used prior to the war would silhouette vessels at night and lead to possible attack by German U-boats. Coast Guardsmen conducted around-the-clock surveillance to secure Florida’s coast from the enemy.
Within the complex is a WWII period barracks building that has been restored by the Florida History Center for use as a visitor’s center.
Florida History Center and Museum