Eaton's Neck Lighthouse
Description: 73 feet, fixed white light, Third Order Fresnel lens, 1000-watt quartz bulb with 150,000 candlepower, octagonal sandstone tower, foundation constructed of brick, sandstone and cement. Lens made by the Henry-Lepaute Company of Paris. Lighthouse originally used four whale oil lamps in the lantern room.
History of light:
Current use: Active navigational aid on an active US Coast Guard station.
The surrounding area: Eaton's Neck is northwest of Asharoken and Northport.
Public access? not currently accessible to the public.
Similar Lights: Similar to the Montauk Point light, which was also built by John McComb, Jr. (1763-1853) two years earlier.
Other information: The keeper's quarters no longer exist, having been replaced Coast Guard housing. This tower holds Long Island's only remaining active Fresnel lens.
Who to Contact: The U.S. Coast Guard at Eaton's Neck does not currently allow access to the site or entertain questions regarding it. For more information on this important historical site, feel free to contact me.
|Research materials for this lighthouse can be found at the East Islip Public Library, East Islip, New York.|
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