CEDAR ISLAND

Year Established:
1839
Existing:
Yes
Source:
LL-1908
File Type:
jpg (image/jpeg)
Photo Date:
2005
Photo Credit:
Mike and Carol McKinney
Photo Courtesy of:
US Lighthouse Society
Collection / Donor:

LOCATION

Location:
SAG HARBOR/GARDINERS BAY/LONG ISLAND
Latitude:
41° 2.27'
Longitude:
72° 15.41'
City / Town:
SAG HARBOR
U.S. State:
New York
Location County:
SUFFOLK
Country:
United States

OWNER & ACCESS

Open to Public:
No
Light List Data:
  1. CEDAR ISLAND
Light list data courtesy Gary Riemenschneider

STRUCTURE

Year Discontinued:
1934
Year Tower Established:
1868
Tower Construction Material:
GRANITE
Tower Foundation:
MASONRY PIER
Height of light above mean high water, in feet:
44 feet above water
Height, in feet, from base of structure to center of lantern:
35 feet
Tower Shape:
SQUARE
Fog Signal Building?:
No
Keeper's Quarters?:
Yes
Year Keeper's Quarters:
1868
Keeper's Quarters Style:
L-SHAPE/INT TO TOWER
Keeper's Quarters Construction:
GRANITE

OPTICS

Active Aid to Navigation?:
No
Current Optic:
MOVED TO BREAKWATER
Original Optic Type:
SIXTH ORDER, FRESNEL
Year Original Lens Installed:
1855
Private Aid:
No
USCG Access to Optics:
No

Comments:

Historical Information:

  • 1839: The original lighthouse built on Cedar Island was a 35 foot wood framed tower. It was built to guide ships into Sag Harbor.
  • 1855: The original lamp was replaced with a sixth order Fresnel lens.
  • 1868: The current structure was built. The integral keeper’s quarters are L-shaped with the 40 foot tower tucked into the bend. The lens from the wooden tower was placed in the new tower.
  • 1934: The lighthouse was deactivated.
  • 1938: Cedar Island became Cedar Point when a hurricane created a sandbar that connected the island to the mainland.
  • 1974: A fire severely damaged the interior. The roof was replaced and the windows bricked over.
  • 2002: It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Entered by:
t.wheeler
Entered Date:
Jul 21, 2017