As you drive over Lazaretto Creek onto Tybee, you’ve most likely noticed the small lighthouse to your left. That lighthouse has been standing since 1848 and Captain Harvey Ferrelle has had a big part in the maintenance and preservation of the resilient structure for more than 15 years. He is President of the Friends of Cockspur Island Lighthouse group, a 501c3 Non-Profit organization dedicated to preserving & maintaining this Historic Landmark for future generations to appreciate.
Friend of Cockspur are presently in the process of replacing the doorway and windows and many more projects to come to make sure this piece of Tybee history remains. While the Islet is off limits to visitors at this time, you can still support preservation efforts with donations. Visit their on our website, Cockspur Island Lighthouse or on our Facebook page, Friends of Cockspur Island Lighthouse. A lot of help is needed right now.
Captain Harvey was born & raised in Savannah and spent every summer growing up on Tybee. He and his wife now live full time on Tybee, for over 22 years. As an island expert we asked him for a few of his favorites spots on the island.
Best Sunrise – Easter Morning on The Pier
Best Sunset – AJ’s Dockside Restaurant & Marina
And when asked what Tybee’s hidden gem is, he said, “Our great hidden gem is not really hiding but right in front of us, hiding in plain sight, it is our marvelous & spectacular eco system with the many salt marsh creeks, Spartina grass, rivers, streams hammocks etc stretching all around us up & down our 100 mile coastline. So much to discover.”
Captain Harvey believes a perfect day on Tybee actually requires a week with visiting the beach, Fort Pulaski, Tybee Marine Science Center, The Tybee Light Station and boat ride thru Little Tybee. Luckily, Tybee is in our backyard and we can visit anytime.