CEDAR KEYS LIGHT STATION
By Toni C. Collins
Copyright © 2011 Toni C. Collins
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Keys Light Station viewed from the
channel entering the Port of the Cedar Keys
Although the construction of a lighthouse was much sought after by politicians and locals, sufficient funds covering costs of building the modest structure were delayed several years by Congress. In addition, Florida’s sparse population made finding individuals to maintain the light and live such a solitary existence presented a major problem.
When Florida seceded from the Union in January 1861, oversight of the lighthouse shifted from the government of the United States to the newly created government of the Confederate States of America and Seahorse Key’s protected harbor became a haven for blockade runners.
In spite of a Federal blockade imposed early in the Civil War, local blockade runners continued their activities. When the Cedar Keys were invaded and occupied by Union troops in January of 1862, fearless blockade runners used the many rivers, bays, and creeks surrounding the Cedar Keys for refuge. During the war years, the lighthouse was occupied by not only Union troops and their families, but also sympathizers, refugees, and contraband or runaway slaves.