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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  • The Horton's Point Light is a wonderful site. The museum is simple but authentic and the docents are friendly and welcoming. They are Southold people who will show you around the lighthouse with the k...  more »
  • Well kept grounds and an interesting part of the historic NOFO. It makes for a nice excursion. There are even pick nick benches. One can climb stairs down to the sound.  more »
  • And so it was a rainy day and this was on my list of things to see as I chase light houses where ever my wife and I travel. Beautiful historic lighthouse run by volunteers. And we got to go to the top...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Small lighthouse house-like but historically important. Small museum in place and well maintained grounds. $5 to park but you can go down to the beach via a long staircase
  • 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!