Located in the small fishing village of Little River, the Governor’s Lighthouse was commissioned in 1984 by Governor Richard Riley. This small, aptly-named lighthouse was built to honor all South Carolina governors, past and present. It stands at the end of Coquina Harbor.
The Governor’s Lighthouse is a facsimile lighthouse, meaning that it was not built by a government agency and cannot be used as a navigational aid. Although a prominent local landmark, the lighthouse is on private property and is for use by the residential community’s residents and their guests only.
Reflections on Governor’s Lighthouse
Blake Lewis says, “With family on the way out to the Atlantic to go deep sea fishing on Voyager III.”
Scott Hoffman shares, “We had some friends in from Missouri making their first visit to South Carolina. We were taking them out fishing, but it was a rough day on the sea and we had to turn around and come back. Our guests were thrilled at seeing this beautiful lighthouse — it was the highlight of the day.”
Jan Buehler says
Can we hold small intimate wedding ceremony at the lighthouse? How would we make those arrangements?
SC Picture Project says
It is for a private residential community but they may allow this type of thing. You would have to reach out to them directly and their contact information can be found here: http://www.coquinaharbour.com/. Hope this helps and good luck!
Jane O'Connor says
I would like to give my grandson a picture from Myrtle Beach for graduation. Any suggestions? I will have it framed & I happen to like this Governor’s Lighthouse. Thank you!
Joana Newton says
I’m an artist and I do commission work
JJ Squillace says
Where is it in Little River, SC?
Hi, JJ. There are a map and coordinates at the bottom of the page to give your directions.
Not worth driving to. You can’t go in it and it’s not even a real lighthouse, plus we asked the owners of they could take us up to it and the acted stuck up and refused to. I was so excited to go and ended up just wasting gas. Just a waste of time and definitely not worth it!
michael garay says
Are passport stamps and postcards available for the Governors Lighthouse?
Dean Small says
I helped build this lighthouse, nothing but a lot of steel and concrete. I worked on it from pouring the foundation to putting the felt on the roof. I signed my name on the plywood sheathing on the very top. We used a hand cranked pulley system to bring all plywood forms and other materials to the top, and used a crane to pour the concrete. It was a very interesting build.
My mom was a native of Green Sea.