Chautauqua Lecture Series: Orlando Poe: Civil War General and Lighthouse Engineer

  • Coastal Georgia Historical Society
  • September 8, 2022
  • St. Simons Presbyterian Church
  • 287 Kings Way, St Simons Island, GA 31522
  • 6:00 PM
  • Members: $50 Non-Members: $95

The Coastal Georgia Historical Society will be presenting a lecture series in honor of the 150th birthday of the St. Simons Lighthouse. The programs will also be avaliable via live stream. Register online at

On Thursday, September 8th, the series will feature a lecture presented by author Paul Taylor on the engineer who led the design of the St. Simons Lighthouse, entitled “Orlando Poe: Civil War General and Lighthouse Engineer.” 

Poe, an academically gifted West Point graduate, served under General William T. Sherman, who appointed him to oversee the burning of Atlanta. After the war, Poe was Engineer Secretary of the U.S. Lighthouse Board when plans for our Lighthouse were developed. He then supervised the design and construction of several Great Lakes lighthouses and is today recognized for the graceful elegance of his “Poe-style” towers.