Innkeeper Amy decided to start the day off at the famous “Friendship Oak” in Pascagoula which is located off of Highway 90 directly across from the new location of the Round Island Lighthouse. Red had heard this particular lighthouse's history was quite a wild ride so Amy happily explained from the very beginning: The lighthouse originally sat on Round Island, a barrier island in the Mississippi Sound off of the Gulf of Mexico, for nearly 150 years. In 1986 48.98 acres of Round Island, including the lighthouse, were sold to the City of Pascagoula. It was then nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and shortly thereafter, the Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society was formed. On September 27, 1998, Hurricane Georges swept through the area creating a ten-foot storm surge which undermined the foundation and caused the tower to topple over. Attempts were made to rebuild the lighthouse using as much of the original structure as possible until August of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina dealt a devastating blow to the project, toppling the base of the lighthouse inside its protective caisson. In April of 2007 plans were officially announced and work began to relocate the lighthouse to a waterfront site in Pascagoula. As you can see it has been restored to its original splendor and is a new and historic landmark as you enter from the west into Pascagoula. Red was so glad to get a chance to see it in person!
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