For some reason, I have always been fascinated with lighthouses. The funny part about that is that I am not a boater or a fisherman, and I hate heights!!! Yet time after time I find myself going to them and loving it. Living on Long Island for most of my life, I have had my chance to visit a few.
Horton Point Lighthouse is one of my favorites. One reason is it is set back on the north shore and there are some great roads that I can take my motorcycle on to get there. If you don’t like motorcycles or twisty roads, that’s ok too. There is also a direct way there.
Horton Point is located in Southold Township. It is run by the Southold Historical Society. It is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day on Saturdays and Sundays only. There is a $5 per person or $10 per family fee.
Constructed in 1857 by the U.S. Lighthouse service. The tower is 58′ tall. It was manually manned until 1933 when it was automated. In 1990 it was repaired and the lower level was converted into the Southold Historical Society’s nautical museum. To learn more about this Lighthouse’s history, click on the website link I have provided below.
Be Sure To Pack A Lunch
If you decide to check this place out, make sure you pack a lunch. They have beautifully landscaped grounds that overlook the Long Island Sound. There is a small museum inside the lighthouse. After checking out all the cool artifacts in the museum, you are allowed to climb the ladder to the top of the lighthouse. The views are awesome. There was a volunteer who explained the history of the lighthouse and informed you of the different sites you could see from the top.
Once finished inside the lighthouse, you can grab your lunch out of your car and have a seat on the grounds and enjoy that view of the Long Island Sound. It does not get any more relaxing than that. All in all, you can easily expect to spend a couple of hours there.
3575 Lighthouse Rd
Date of Visit: June 2014
Check Out Our Slideshow Featuring 11 Photos Of This Lighthouse