View From The Lighthouse Looking South

  • We welcome all to share any vintage photos you may have of Fort Screven & the surrounding area. Please e-mail us your photos along with any information as to dates & locations! Our thanks to all for being a part of our history and keeping the efforts of generations before us alive!


  • Photos Contributed By John Calvert
  • Photo Retouching Jacque Dorazio

Our building has a rich history ingrained in the military causes and services of previous generations. The building of Post 154 sits within the original site of Fort Screven. It is one of the few remaining original structures of the Fort. How fitting that Post 154 members can call this place home.  

  *According to Dennis Adams, Information Services Coordinator, Beaufort South Carolina Library, Building 102, Fort Screven, was completed in March of 1912. In 1924 it was named "The Post Enlisted Men's Club and Gymnasium". Historical notes from 9-30-30 reveal names "Tomachichi Hall and Chapel" & "War Department Theatre" with added notations that the building was constructed by post labor and from funds subscribed by Post Exchange & Post Chaplain at no cost to the government.
The war department declared the Fort surplus on October 21, 1944, after which the town of Savannah Beach acquired the property. A deed states that American Legion Post 154 acquired the building from Savannah Beach, now known as Tybee Island, on May 15, 1946.
This postcard on the far right, postmarked March 7, 1908, shows Tybee Anchorage, Martello Tower, Tybee Island Georgia, revealing how the north beach looked at the time. The circular tower, of British design, never saw military action. There were several of these towers dotting the eastern seaboard however, only a few remain. There are 2 in Florida open to the public- now a museum & a botanical garden.
As our surroundings change we will add highlights from time to time of upgrades to or treasured building  .  .  .
  To the right you see
 Fort Screven barracks . . . *
The fort's beginnings were undertaken
on  March 18, 1898 although not
completed until 1901. Formally built as
"Camp Graham", it was known as "Camp
Tybee". Camp Graham was changed in
honor of James Screven, Georgia Militia
Brigadier General, killed at Midway Church in 1778 during the Revolutionary War. Under Georgia law in 1786 a fort was to have been built in Screven's honor but never happened. In 1808 when the federal government took jurisdiction over the current property on Tybee it would become Fort Screven. The actual title was acquired in 1875. The fort, housing 20 guns, was active in the Spanish-American War & both World Wars. The fort also served as a base of recovery ops following
a devastating fire destroying much of Beaufort SC in 1907. It was the
headquarters of Savannah's coastal defense until February 27, 1924. Later it became an artillery post and finally, a deep sea diving school.                                 
* Information regarding Fort Screven~ "About Fort Screven, Tybee Island, Georgia", by Dennis Adams,

Information Services Coordinator, Beaufort Library.

For Additional History
About People, Places, and Events
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Our SAL Commander of SQUADRON 154, John Calvert is a great history buff who loves sharing stories of people, places, and events that have been an instrumental part in the shaping of our world- enjoy!
This 1936 photo reveals our home base seen circled below. It appears not much has changed with the building although, the terrain was fairly sparse. The bakery across the street was visibly bigger. To the right of us, horse stables  and a livestock area.  The inset, below right, is a close up of our home base.  The circled area show men possibly building an addition. A good amount of lumbar is strewn on the ground.... the beginning of what is now our Canteen!
Did you know about the WWI tragedy of the loss of soldiers from Ft. Screven on Tybee Island? Read Calvert's article on the Otranto and loss of soldiers from Chatham County and surrounding regions on his page.
Visit the Legion Bytes page for more interesting pieces of history