At Home with the Harns

At Home with the Harns highlights the life of a lighthouse keeper's family in late 1880s St. Augustine and tell the story of the family of William Harn, the first long-term lighthouse keeper (1875 - 1889) at the current St. Augustine Light Station. In the setting of an 1880s lighthouse keeper's home, the interactive exhibit allows you to participate in school activities and games from the late 1800s, choose your character from history, and more!

The Harns' Victorian parlor has been recreated to give guests a feel for what the Keepers' House would have looked like during William Harn's service from 1875 to 1889. The Harns and their six daughters were the first residents in the north side of the Keepers' House after the building was completed in 1876. 

William Harn served during the Civil War and fought in several major battles at Fort Sumter, Gettysburg and Appomattox. Near the end of the war, Harn was awarded the rank of Brevet Major for his meritorious service. After the war, he was assigned to the St. Augustine Light Station under direction of the U.S. Lighthouse Service. 

Stop by and learn more about the life of a lighthouse keeper in this new, interactive exhibit! 

This is exhibit was funded by a generous donation from the Lazzara Family Foundation in honor of Judith Johnsen, a lover of all things Victorian.

 

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