Long Island is home to over 25 New York lighthouses, each with a history and story of its own. According to the American Lighthouse Foundation, "It was on this day in 1789, that Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys and public piers." Congress also passed a resolution designating August 7th, 1989, as National Lighthouse Day. This recognition has encouraged communities and citizens groups to dedicate themselves to the preservation of these historic structures. As part of the anniversary, lighthouses, where feasible, are open to the public. It is in the spirit of public access that park staff and volunteers invite the public to explore the grounds with celebrations.
Throughout history lighthouses have not only played an important role in the safety of sea going vessels, but they have served as inspiration for hundreds of artists and collectors alike. Over the years, lighthouses have saved many ships, and an untold number of lives. Lighthouses were once widely used as an aid to navigation for ship pilots through dangerous coastlines, reefs, or as beacons towards safe harbor entrances; however, due to maintenance costs and advanced navigational technology many are no longer operational.
Take the time to honor the beacons of light at these local lighthouses.
Fire Island Lighthouse
Robert Moses State Park Field 5, Fire Island (631) 661-4876
From 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. take a guided tour around the 1858 lighthouse.
Montauk Point Lighthouse
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk (888) MTK-POINT
Tour the oldest lighthoue in New York from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cedar Point Lighthouse
Cedar Point County Park, East Hampton (631) 207-4331
This lighthouse was built to guide ships in Sag Harbor.
Execution Rocks Lighthouse
347 Main Street, Port Washington (215) 906-5103
The next tower climb will take place on Sunday, August 11th.
Horton Point Lighthouse
Lighthouse Road, Southold (631) 765-5500
Tours are offered on weekends from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Huntington Harbor Lighthouse
324 W Shore Road, Huntington (631) 421-1985
This lighthouse is celebrating 101 years of light. Tours are offered from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weather permitting.
Latimer Reef Lighthouse
Fisher's Island, (631) 207-4331
Located on border between New York and Connecticut, it is best viewed by boat.
Plum Island Lighthouse
West Side of Plum Island, Plum Island (631) 207-4331
This lighthouse is not opened to the public.
Peconic Star Fleet
103 Third Street, Greenport (631) 875-2631
Tour Southold's 11 lighthouses with Captain Dave.
Race Rock Lighthouse
West End of Fisher's Island, Fisher's Island (631) 207-4331
The lighthouse is believed by some to be haunted and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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[Source: American Lighthouse Foundation]
Photo Credit: Jaimie from Freeport