Horton Point Lighthouse and Nautical Museum, Southold

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Horton Point Light is a lighthouse on the north side of Eastern Long Island, New York near Southold.HistoryThe current lighthouse was built and the tower was first lit in 1857. The site is on a bluff above Long Island Sound. The tower was automated in 1933 and is now operational. The light was deactivated from 1933 to 1990. The foundation is granite and the lighthouse is built out of granite and brick with stucco. A square tower is attached to a rectangular house. The tower is high with the focal plane of the light being above sea level. The tower is white with a black lantern and a copper dome. The light has a slow green flash every ten seconds.Chronology1790: President George Washington commissioned the lighthouse.1855: Land to build to lighthouse on was purchased by the US government for $550.1857: Lighthouse was constructed and lit with William Sinclair serving as the first light keeper.1933: Light was turned off in the tower and a skeleton tower was lit on shore.1934: In January, Southold Park District purchased lighthouse buildings and grounds from the US Department of Commerce for $1.00.1938: The last keeper stayed until the hurricane of 1938.1976: Restoration of the lighthouse was started.1990: Major restoration allowed for the repair of the tower both internally and externally. The light was reopened and relit. The skeleton tower (seen in photo to right) on the shoreline was removed.1994: Property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places2007: The lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation and hosts a museum. Visitors are able to climb the tower.
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  • September 18, 2017
    It was very interesting to hear of the history of this area and to see all of the artifacts and collections that they have on display. Each of the volunteers that day were very knowledgeable about the...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Loved discovering Horton Point. We visited the beach below- did some fishing and was then given an amazing tour by some great volunteers. So much history.  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    not open weekdays -sad. Would have liked to see the interesting information about the site. Walked around and was well taken care of - two trucks were there - do not understand why it wasn't open??  more »
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  • May 23, 2017
    Horton Point Light house was built a in 1857. It sits on a bluff 60 feet above Long Island Sound. The tower was automated in 1933 and is now operational. The light has a slow green flash every ten seconds. Horton Point is one of seven existing lighthouses and is located on what is appropriately named Dead Man’s Cove. Over the past three centuries, at least 10 vessels have been lost in the surrounding waters.
  • March 22, 2017
    Another beautiful place. Beautiful view of long island sound. You can go down to beach, 120 footstep walkway. Active light house. Admission to the Lighthouse / museum is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family.
  • September 23, 2016
    Great location and space to explore. There are hiking trails that are well maintained for a walk around. I enjoy the fitness aspect by running on the beach and the multi level stair climb!
  • July 5, 2016
    Its a great place to stop by on weekends. There are picnic benches, a nature trail, small museum, and a really cool stairway down to the beach. The parking lot is tiny and fills up on holidays. It is $5 to park. WATCH OUT!! if you choose the street you risk getting ticketed. I saw someone get ticketed on a Sunday mid afternoon.
  • June 14, 2016
    Definitely a place to visit if you are on the eastern end of Long Island. Nice museum. You allowed to go all the way up to see the lighthouse from inside. Also, you could go down to the beach. Beautiful place!

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