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.
Cody McKeithen, 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!