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Completed between 1853 and 1860, this historic lighthouse was designed by the soon-to-be famous Civil War officer George G. Meade. Meade's design was later modified by Lieutenant William Raynolds who completed the construction of the lighthouse. The lighthouse saw little action in the Civil War, but became one of the center's of activity for the Navy's program of using radio waves to detect German submarines during World War II. Visitors can learn about the history of the lighthouse and the region-dating back to the period before Columbus-with a tour of the lighthouse museum that was opened in 1973.