Round Island Lighthouse • Pascagoula,
The historic Round Island Lighthouse was
erected on the south side of Round
Island, off the Gulf Coast of
Mississippi, in 1859. It stood as
stalwart beacon of safety for all ships
headed toward the southeast Mississippi
shore. Over time, the lighthouse was
damaged by several hurricanes. Hurricane
Georges toppled the structure in 1998.
The lighthouse's structural integrity
was also compromised that same year by
shifting sands and beach erosion as the
beach was almost entirely washed away
from the base. The lighthouse received
further damage from Hurricane Katrina in
Approximately one-third of the structure
remained intact on the island until it
was relocated to mainland Pascagoula in
An additional one-third of the
structure, including most of the lantern
gallery, was salvaged from the island.
The City of Pascagoula relocated the
base of the lighthouse to its new
location at the foot of the Pascagoula
River Bridge on U.S. Highway 90 entering the
city. The new location protects the
lighthouse from storm winds and erosion
while allowing easy access for visitors
to learn of the lighthouse's rich
history. The lighthouse now serves as a
welcoming beacon, not just for boaters,
but for all who visit Pascagoula.
The Round Island Lighthouse is now open
for tours on Fridays and Saturdays from
10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tours
are $2 for adults and $1 for children.
LIGHTHOUSE RECONSTRUCTION &
I: The city
relocated the lighthouse
remnants to the foot of the
Pascagoula River Bridge.
The restoration of the
lantern gallery was
completed in June 2012.
The exterior restoration was
completed in 2014.
The interior restoration was
completed in 2015.
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