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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • There's just something about lighthouses. Especially this one at sunset. There are steps down to the beach which is usually empty. Just remember going down is alot easier than going up. 😁
  • 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.
  • Well maintained grounds, access to the beach and has parking and a nice picnic area
  • Beautiful area. We went out for the day just checking out the area, and it was a great spot to stop and take pictures and let the dog run around and have some fun
  • Not your run of the mill lighthouse, short because it sits on top of the cliff overlooking the Sound. Take the stairs down to the beach, you won't be disappointed!
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