History

Barrier Island Parks Society manages and operates historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum. Set inside Gasparilla Island State Park at the southernmost tip of Gasparilla Island, the lighthouse is the oldest structure on the island and has been a beacon to mariners since 1890.

The house-dwelling lighthouse was placed on the National Register in 1980 and is home to a comprehensive museum that opened in 1999.

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Cody McKeithan, Principal Keeper, 1941-1951

Shown with daughters Joyce (L) and Dian (R)

Today it is the host to a multitude of activities from educational programs such as “Wading Adventures” to special events such as the “Annual Holiday Lighting of the Lighthouse.”  The five-room museum located inside the lighthouse was once home to a succession of five families of light keepers. Set in chronological order, each room displays a place in local Charlotte Harbor history spanning from 12,000 B.C. to current day. 

The museum also offers a family-friendly “please touch” area featuring local bones, fossils and shells and includes a delightful and unique gift shop. It is no wonder we are passionate about history!



(941) 964.0060
P.O. Box 637 Boca Grande, FL 33921