Phase III Capital Campaign

Entrance Foyer


Given By

Betty Johnson O’Brien and John O’Brien
In memory of their precious granddaughter Ashley Monique Campbell

Northeast Upper Window


Given By

The Pawlowski Family

Northeast Lower Window


Given By

St. Lo Mellichamp & St. Lo Mellichamp ll

Southwest Upper Window

The Royall Ariail Window


Given By

The Law Office of A. Bright Ariail, LLC

Southwest Lower Window

The Al Hitchcock Window


Given By

Bill and Theresa Caldwell

First Landing

Second Landing

Third Landing

Fourth Landing

Fifth Landing

Sixth Landing

Seventh Landing

Eighth Landing – Service Room

Ninth Landing – Watch Room and Gallery

Tenth Landing – Lantern Room

The Jim Booth Founding Members Lantern Room

In Memory of Jim Booth and in Honor of the Founding Members

Principal Circle


Lighthouse Keeper Circle

$100,000 – $499,999

Beacon Circle

$50,000 – $99,999

Patriot Circle

$25,000 – $49,999

Colonial Circle

$10,000 – $24,999

Staircase Circle

$5,000 – $9,999

Given By

Al & Nancy Hitchcock
Tim & Kate Kiel
Betty Johnson O’Brien & John O’Brien

Lantern Circle

$2,500 – $4,999

Given By

Dr. Richard Beck & Karen Lovelace
Mike McHale

Old Charleston Light Circle

$1,000 – $2,499

Given By

Donna Barrio
Jerry Smeltzer

Admiral Circle

$500 – $999

Given By

Bright Ariail
Jeanne Bertoia
Suzie & Stocky Cabe
Jonathan & Melissa Reiss
Lynn West

Legacy Circle

$250 – $499

Given By

Denis & Marsha Blyth
Patty Geery
Carl & Jennifer Hitchcock
Dr. & Mrs. Edward Jones

Guardian Circle

$100 – $249

Given By

Rita Elder
Ann Holloway
Robert Prorok
Libby M. Webster

Anchor Circle

$1 – $99

Given By

Richard& Linda Bailey
William & Cheryl Bates
Denise & Eddy Campbell
Dan Green
Ann B. Igoe
Joseph & Margaret Valachovic
Hal & Cindy Wynne

Here you can find some conceptualizations for Phase I of the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Plans were provided by the Hayward-Baker Company.

Changes to the original Phase I plans needed to be made before the actual construction. For photos of the Phase I preservation construction, see the photo gallery below.

The base of the lighthouse will be surrounded by a cofferdam composed of circular sheet piles. This drawing is view looking down from above the lighthouse.

The base of the lighthouse will be surrounded by a cofferdam composed of circular sheet piles. This drawing is view looking down from above the lighthouse.

Grout will be injected beneath the lighthouse to stabilize the foundation. The view is looking down from above into the lighthouse's foundation.
This drawing shows section B-B through the drawing above. The view is looking across the base of the lighthouse.
Phase I - In May 2007, work began on the first phase of the lighthouse stabilization. The contractor, Taylor Brothers Marine Construction, from Beaufort, NC, drove the sheet piles that formed a cofferdam around the base of the lighthouse. The contractor worked all through the fall and winter to complete the work. His jack-up-barge can be seen from a great distance while it sits next to the lighthouse to drive the piles. All types of monitoring devices were installed inside and outside the lighthouse to help monitor the conditions as the piles were vibrated down into the sand. A local company, WPC, provided this part of the monitoring for the contractor. The devices monitored cracks for potential growth, possible lean, and general vibration during daily work. All of the windows in the lighthouse have no glass and the birds love to stay inside and even raise their young if not disturbed. The Phase I effort was completed in March of 2008, with a cost of just over $3 million.

Aerial photos were taken by Mr. Larry Workman.

You can view some conceptualizations for Phase II of the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Plans were provided by the contractor, Palmetto Gunite.

Page 1 shows the layout for the new micro-piles that were installed around the perimeter of the lighthouse foundation. There were a total of 68 micro-piles installed at 75 tons each capacity.

Page 2 shows the actual location of the micro-piles and how they were spaced around the foundation. All of the work was inside of the cofferdam installed in 2008.

Page 3 shows an elevation view of the new piles in relation to the original piles. The new piles were installed into the marl layer under the lighthouse. The area between the cofferdam and the foundation was filled with sand and capped with stone.

For photos of the preservation construction, see the photo gallery below.

March 1, 2010, we awarded our Phase II contract to Palmetto Gunite Construction Company, Ravenel, SC, for just under $2 million. This was a design/build contract to install new concrete piles under the foundation. This contract also filled the inside of the Phase I cofferdam with sand to help stabilize the foundation. The installation of 68 new micro-piles rated at 75 tons each was completed a month ahead of schedule. The jack-up barge pulled away on July 31, 2010.

This work will surely stabilize the tower so that we can continue to restore and preserve it in subsequent phases.

We survived Hurricane Irene. The Army Corps of Engineers requires periodic inspections.

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