HORTON POINT

Year Established:
1857
Existing:
Yes
Source:
LL-1908
Download:
File Type:
jpg (image/jpeg)
Photo Date:
1996
Photo Credit:
Thomas Tag
Photo Courtesy of:
US Lighthouse Society
Collection / Donor:

LOCATION

Location:
EASTERN LONG ISLAND - NORTH SIDE
Latitude:
41° 05.07'
Longitude:
72° 26.46'
City / Town:
SOUTHOLD
U.S. State:
New York
Location County:
SUFFOLK
Country:
United States

OWNER & ACCESS

Open to Public:
Yes
Light List Data:
  1. HORTON POINT
Light list data courtesy Gary Riemenschneider

STRUCTURE

Year Discontinued:
1933-1990
Year Tower Established:
1857
Tower Construction Material:
STUCCO/BRICK/GRANITE
Tower Foundation:
GRANITE
Height of light above mean high water, in feet:
103
Height, in feet, from base of structure to center of lantern:
35
Tower Shape:
SQUARE ATTACHED TO RECTANGULAR HSE
Fog Signal Building?:
No
Keeper's Quarters?:
Yes
Year Keeper's Quarters:
1857
Keeper's Quarters Style:
DUPLEX (ATTACHED)
Keeper's Quarters Construction:
STUCCO/BRICK/GRANITE
Other Structures:
BARN, FLAGPOLE ON FOUNDATION OF OLD SKELETAL TOWER, OIL HOUSE FOUNDATION, CISTERNS UNDER DWELLING

OPTICS

Active Aid to Navigation?:
Yes
Current Optic:
FA 251
Original Optic Type:
THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
Year Original Lens Installed:
1857
Private Aid:
No
USCG Access to Optics:
No

Comments:

Historical Information:

  • 1790: 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.
  • 1933: Light was turned off in the tower and a skeleton tower was lit on shore.
  • 1934: Southold Park District purchased the lighthouse buildings and grounds from the US Department of Commerce for $1.00.
  • 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 on the
  • shoreline was removed.
  • 2002: The lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation and hosts a museum. Visitors are able to climb the tower.

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