Governor’s Lighthouse – Little River, South Carolina


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Located in the small fishing village of Little River, the Governor’s Lighthouse was commissioned in 1984 by Governor Richard Riley. This small, aptly-named lighthouse was built to honor all South Carolina governors, past and present.

Little River Lighthouse

Blake Lewis of Greenwood, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Governor’s Lighthouse is a facsimile lighthouse, meaning that it was not built by a government agency and cannot be used as a navigational aid. Although a prominent local landmark, the lighthouse is on private property and is for use by the residential community’s residents and their guests only.

The Governor's Lighthouse

Scott Hoffman of Green Sea, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Governor’s Lighthouse


Blake Lewis says, “With family on the way out to the Atlantic to go deep sea fishing on Voyager III.”

Scott Hoffman shares, “We had some friends in from Missouri making their first visit to South Carolina. We were taking them out fishing, but it was a rough day on the sea and we had to turn around and come back. Our guests were thrilled at seeing this beautiful lighthouse — it was the highlight of the day.”

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Governor’s Lighthouse Info


Address: Lightkeepers Way, Little River, SC 29566

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3 Comments about Governor’s Lighthouse

michael garayNo Gravatar says:
January 26th, 2015 at 7:42 am

Are passport stamps and postcards available for the Governors Lighthouse?

Dean SmallNo Gravatar says:
March 23rd, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I helped build this lighthouse, nothing but a lot of steel and concrete. I worked on it from pouring the foundation to putting the felt on the roof. I signed my name on the plywood sheathing on the very top. We used a hand cranked pulley system to bring all plywood forms and other materials to the top, and used a crane to pour the concrete. It was a very interesting build.

SallieNo Gravatar says:
June 22nd, 2011 at 9:02 am

My mom was a native of Green Sea.





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