INVESTIGATING A LIGHT STATION
Discover the past through evidence from an archaeological site at the St. Augustine Light Station in Florida!
In this investigation, students will use geography, history, and archaeology to learn about a Florida light station and the people who lived in it. Examine historic photographs, primary source documents, artifacts, and maps of a light station. Students meet Mrs. Wilma Daniels, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper who grew up at the light station. Then they will “uncover” a real archaeological site, classify artifacts, and infer how the geographic area of Florida shaped light stations. Explore the history of light stations in the United States and engage students in a debate on a current civic dilemma involving archaeology and preservation. This guide incorporates authentic archaeological and historical research paired with oral histories to teach students about the use and importance of the station to lighthouse keepers and their families.