In Memoriam: Cullen Chambers

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Savannah Morning News

Long-time preservation activist Cullen Chambers, executive director of the Tybee Island Historical Society, died January 20, 2014. Chambers oversaw the Tybee Island Lighthouse Complex — its lighthouse, several historic cottages. Before coming to Georgia in 1994, he worked in Florida restoring Fort Zachary Taylor and a lighthouse station in Key West and another lighthouse station in St. Augustine. Recently Chambers was involved in efforts to preserve and restore a 1920s-era one-room schoolhouse on St. Simons Island called The Harrington School. Daniel Carey, president and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation noted, “Cullen was not only a widely respected preservationist, he was a good and decent man. He consistently gave above and beyond the call of duty because he truly loved saving old buildings—whether the Post Theater on Tybee Island or the Harrington School on St. Simons Island. Cullen was generous with his time and considerable talent. As a champion of lighthouses and coastal forts, he was happiest when he could help someone see the light of the enduring value of preservation. To say Cullen is missed does not begin to measure the enormous loss to the preservation community in Savannah…and up and down the East Coast."