Jupiter Lighthouse Chapter, NSDAR
Jupiter/Tequesta, Florida



Jupiter Lighthouse Chapter was organized by Mary Lee Kenny on October 11, 1985, at the WWII Married Men's Quarters just west of the lighthouse in Jupiter/Tequesta on the east coast of Florida. The building now houses the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum run by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society. We are located about 20 miles north of Palm Beach where Jupiter Inlet meets the Atlantic Ocean. A little bit of heaven guarded by a picturesque lighthouse.

Qualifications can be obtained from the NSDAR Membership site. Potential members are welcome and we would love to receive Email from you.

The chapter name was adopted from the historic landmark beacon, which stands beside the Loxahatchee River near where it flows through Jupiter Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean. This light, activated on July 10, 1860, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. One of the most famous lighthouses in Florida, its long and exciting history makes its name appropriate for our chapter.

On February 26, 1967, the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists placed an historic marker on the lighthouse grounds, which reads:

Jupiter Lighthouse

Jupiter Lighthouse


Designed by George G. Meade, later Federal commander at Gettysburg. First lighted July 10, 1860. Dark during the War Between the States and its mechanism hidden by southern sympathizers. Re-lighted June 28, 1866, it has not missed a night in over one hundred years. Keepers: Thomas Twiner, Joseph F. Papy, Wm. B. Davis, James A. Armour, Joseph A. Wells, Thomas Knight, Charles F. Seabrook. Operated by the United States Coast Guard since 1939.

In 1891, Seminole Indians Cypress Tiger, Jimmy Gopher, and Billy Stuart, allowed William Henry Jackson, of the Detroit Publishing Company, to photograph them standing on the dock of the Jupiter & Lake Worth Railway, better known as the "Celestial Railroad" for it's stops at Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Juno. This railroad was used to transport passengers from Jupiter to Lake Worth (a fresh water lake) 7 ½ miles south, where they continued their travel by inland water. Jupiter Lighthouse is seen across the river with the Assistant Lighthouse Keeper's quarters to the left and Head Keeper Captain James Armour's new quarters to the right of the lighthouse. (Photo courtesy of Detroit Publishing Company.)




Do you think your Patriot Ancestor is already recognized by NSDAR? If you find him or her on our chapter list of ancestors, we can certainly help you. We invite you to inquire about membership in NSDAR by contacting Jupiter Lighthouse Chapter Regent, Donna Ferguson, with your questions.


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Revised: April 4, 2018