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Hilton Head Rear Range Light is located in South Carolina
Hilton Head Rear Range Light
Hilton Head Rear Range Light
Location in South Carolina
Location Hole 15, Arthur Hills Golf Course
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Coordinates 32°9′51″N 80°44′24″W / 32.16417°N 80.74000°W / 32.16417; -80.74000
Year first constructed 1879
Year first lit 1880
Deactivated 1932
Foundation Concrete Footings
Construction Cast Iron
Tower shape Skeleton tower
Cylindrical stairs tower
Markings / pattern White
Height 87 ft (27 m)
Focal height 92 ft (28 m)
Original lens Oil lamps
ARLHS number USA-972

The Rear Lighthouse of Hilton Head Range Light Station, which is also called Leamington Lighthouse is an inactive light station on Hilton Head Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina. In 1983, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places.


The light station was built by the U.S. Lighthouse Board in 1879 to 1880. It is a cast-iron, skeleton tower on six concrete piers. The hexagonal base is 30 ft (9.1 m) in diameter. There is a central, cylindrical stair tower with a spiral staircase. The hexagonal watch room and lantern has a wooden structure. The focal plane of the lantern is 87 ft (27 m) above its base and 92 ft (28 m) above mean sea level. The tower was covered with wooden sheathing, which was later covered with sheet metal. This sheathing has been removed.

The tower originally had Hains oil lamps, which were replaced in 1893 with Funck-Heap lamps. The station was deactivated in 1932. The front range light was moveable to compensate for the shifting channel. It is no longer in existence. The brick oil house standard near the tower. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has information and pictures of the tower.

The keeper's house was cut in two and moved to Harbour Town in Hilton Head. The tower is located on hole 15 of the Arthur Hills Golf Course.

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