The Lighthouses across Long Island are beautiful and all have a history that is important to Long Island.
How many lighthouses do we have here on Long Island? How many are you able to visit? How many require a boat to get to? These are all fun facts about some beautiful landmarks that are located here on Long Island.
Look up or contact any of the lighthouses before trying to visit since they have limited access for viewing or are not open to the public.
1. Montauk Point Lighthouse
Montauk Point Lighthouse Picture taken from Wikipedia
Located at the easternmost point of Long Island in the town of East Hampton the Montauk Point Lighthouse towers 110ft high, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is noted as the first lighthouse built within the state of New York and the fourth oldest lighthouse in the United States.
2000 Montauk Highway , Montauk 11954 Phone: 1-888-MTK-POINT
2. The Fire Island Lighthouse
The Fire Island Lighthouse picture taken from Wikipedia
The Fire Island Lighthouse stands tall at an astounding 168 feet and was repainted from it’s original red brick and creamy yellow to alternating black and white bands in 1891. It proudly guarded Long Island’s southern shore since its construction in 1958. It’s a steep climb up the lighthouse’s tower (flat footwear is suggested) but those 156 iron steps will be worth the view atop Long Island’s tallest lighthouse.
4640 Captree Island Captree Island 11702 Phone: 631-661-4876
3. Huntington Harbor Lighthouse
Huntington Harbor Lighthouse picture taken from Long Island Lighthouses.com
Located at the entrance to both Huntington and Lloyd Harbors the Huntington Lighthouse is a working beacon which is surrounded by water and accessible by guided tour boats only. The Beaux Arts structure is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2012. The Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society (HLPS) offers guided tours during the months of June, July, August and September.
324 W Shore Road Huntington, NY 11749 Phone: 631-421-1985
4. Horton Point Lighthouse
Horton Point Lighthouse photo taken from Lighthouse Friends.com
The lighthouse grounds are open daily between 8 a.m. and dusk, however, the museum inside the lighthouse is only open on weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Memorial Day and Columbus Day.
Lighthouse Road Southold, NY 11971 Phone: 631 765-5500
5. Cedar Point Lighthouse
Image taken from East Hampton Patch- Article: Historic Cedar Point Lighthouse To See Facelift, New Life As B&B- 2017
According to Wikipedia, “The 40 foot granite lighthouse which was built in 1868 was decommissioned in 1934 and replaced by an automatic light on a steel skeleton at breakwater. The lighthouse, built in the Italianate style, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1974 vandals burned the interior of the lighthouse. The Long Island Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society is currently working to restore the Cedar Island Lighthouse. They are seeking $2 million to convert it to a museum and bed and breakfast. Part of the plan includes restoring the lantern.”
Cedar Point County Park East Hampton, NY 11937
6. Execution Rocks Lighthouse
Execution Rocks Lighthouse picture taken from Wikipedia
There is A LOT of History here!
2010: Historically Significant Structures Inc. is giving tower climb tours of the lighthouse in the summer.
Website for all updates —> HERE
7. Latimer Reef Lighthouse
Latimer Reef Lighthouse Image taken from Wikipedia
Latimer Reef Light is a sparkplug lighthouse on Latimer’s Reef in Fishers Island Sound. The lighthouse is located one mile northwest of East Point on Fisher’s Island, Suffolk County, New York. Originally called Latemore’s Reef after James Latemore.
More history —> http://lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=739
8. Plum Island Lighthouse
Picture of Plum Island Lighthouse taken from LighthouseFriends.com
“In 1994, the Fresnel lens and its clockwork mechanism were taken out of the tower and put on display at the East End Seaport Museum in Greenport. Erosion of the bank in front of the station caused a generator house to fall into the water in 1997, and not long thereafter the lighthouse itself was at risk. In 2000, East End Lighthouses was formed to spearhead the restoration and reactivation of Plum Island Lighthouse. The group arranged for 15,000 tons of rocks to be brought to the island for the purpose of shoring up the bank and stopping further erosion. Now part of East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation, East End Lighthouses is working with the Department of Homeland Security, which now controls Plum Island, to restore the venerable lighthouse. As the island is off limits to the public, the lighthouse can only be seen from the water.” For more history —> http://lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=743
9. Cold Spring Harbor Lighthouse
Picture of Cold Spring Harbor Lighthouse taken from LighthouseFriends.com
“The wooden tower was placed on a barge to be taken to shore, but the barge then got stuck on a sandbar. Many methods were tried to free the barge, including attaching a heavy steel cable, which snapped. Anyone in the way of the cable ends as they whipped through the air would likely have been decapitated. The barge, with the lighthouse on top, ended up sitting on the bar for almost a year, waiting for a tide high enough to allow it to float off. When it was finally freed, the lighthouse was placed in Lady Glen’s yard, overlooking waters where it formerly stood. Cold Spring Harbor Lighthouse is the only lighthouse on Long Island that has been moved from its original site”
Read more about the history –> http://lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=748
Other lighthouses include: Little Gull Island Lighthouse, North Dumpling Lighthouse, Race Rock Lighthouse
(none of these 3 lighthouses allow public access)