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Pump House

The pump house in 1998.
This little building was constructed in 1915 near the site of a Samson windmill that was installed in 1907 to pump up water from an artesian well.  The contract for the windmill went to Staples & Cutten of Daytona Beach, and the cost of the structure was $187.50.  It was designed to pump water up into a triangular water tank that was located on the windmill tower.  Unfortunately, the windmill never worked properly, and in 1914 the keepers gave up and tore it down.  In 1915, a new cedar water tank was installed on the windmill tower, and a generator-powered pump and a pump house were installed to replace the windmill.
The Samson windmill.

This cedar water tank replaced the old triangular tank.


The Coast Guard expanded the pump house at some point during their tenure, possibly before 1945.  The initials JVC were inscribed into their addition to the concrete floor.  Jesse V. Conatser was a Coast Guardsman who was first posted to the lighthouse before December of 1943 and remained there until about 1945, so his initials and their date give an indication of when the enlargement of the pump house was made.


Coast Guardsman Jesse V. Conatser placed his initials in the wet cement of the 1944 pump house floor expansion.


The little wood pump house had a tin roof, a window on the west wall, and a solid wood door that may have been painted dark green.  Few historic pictures remain of this structure, and it was probably not considered important enough to photograph.  The wood siding made is susceptible to water damage, and numerous replacements for siding and the roof were necessary as the years passed.

In October of 2016, the building suffered its worst disaster as Hurricane Matthew blew it apart, leaving only the original foundation slab with its Coast Guard extension.  Preservation Association staff reconstructed the building to its Coast Guard years appearance, and the well, with the addition of a modern pump, is still in use.



Hurricane Matthew blew the pump house apart in 2016.


The pump house is now restored to its 1940s appearance.


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