Horton Point Lighthouse
Description: 58 feet; foundation is granite; tower and quarters are brick/granite with a cement wash painted white with black lantern and copper dome; original optic was a Third Order Fresnel; present optic is VRB-25 (1999), one green flash every ten seconds. The tower contains a 29-wooden-step staircase and two ladders of 11 steps each.
History of light:
Current use: Active aid to navigation/Museum.
The surrounding area: The Long Beach Bar, Orient Point, and Plum Island lights are visible if you drive further east. The North Fork also boasts an array of wineries, coastal views and several historical sites.
Public access? The grounds are open at all times. Museum open weekends, 11:30AM - 4PM, during the Summer.
Similar Lights: I know of no lights with a similar design.
Other information: During WWII, the tower was used to watch for enemy aircraft. This is the only lighthouse on the North Shore of Long Island between Old Field Point and Orient Point.
Who to Contact: Southold Historical Society; 631-765-5500.
|Research materials for this lighthouse can be found at the East Islip Public Library, East Islip, New York.|
|See images of my visit to the Horton Point light on 5/6/99.|
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