Hilton Head Range Rear Light
|Location||Hole 15, Arthur Kills Golf Course
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
|Year first constructed||1879|
|Year first lit||1880|
|Tower shape||Skeleton tower
Cylindrical stairs tower
|Markings / pattern||White|
|Height||87 feet (27 m)|
|Focal height||92 feet (28 m)|
|Original lens||Oil lamps|
Rear Lighthouse of Hilton Head Range Light Station
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||85003349|
|Added to NRHP||December 12, 1985|
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 feet (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 feet (27 m) above its base and 92 feet (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.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Wells, John E.; Preston Burch (July 1985). "Rear Lighthouse of Hilton Head Range Light Station" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
- "Rear Lighthouse of Hilton Head Range Light Station, Beaufort County (Palmetto Dunes Resort off U.S. Hwy. 278, Hilton Head Island)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 9 June 2012.