Lighthouses

This page will be dedicated to any Lighthouses we visit in our travels. Although we are not big boaters, we have always been fascinated with lighthouses. Like many other pages on this site, this will be a work in progress. As we visit lighthouses in our travels, we will add them to this page.

 

Connecticut

 

Stonington Point Lighthouse

Stonington Point Lighthouse
7 Water St

Stonington, CT 06378

Date of Visit: 9/21/18
Fees:

$10 P/Person For Adults To Tour The Museum and Climb The Tower
$8 P/Person For Seniors, Active Military, and Students
$6 P/Person For Children Between 6-12 Years Old
$5 P/Person To Just Climb The Tower
Free For Children Under 6 and Members of The Stonington Historical Society

Brief History

This lighthouse was originally built in 1840. It remained active until 1889. In 1925 the lighthouse was bought by the Stonington Historical Society. It opened as a museum in 1927. It was added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1976.

The lighthouse was replaced when they built and activated the Stonington Breakwater Light. The lighthouse museum is opened for 6 months out of the year.

Our Take

The lighthouse actually sits a little bit off the point. The lady in the museum told us it had been reconstructed and moved from the point. If you are going to visit this lighthouse/museum, take water st all the way to the point (the end). There is a medium-sized parking lot where you can get some great views of Stonington Harbor. Parking is free.

Once you are done taking pictures at the point, head back up the road about 200 yards and the lighthouse/museum is on your right-hand side. After we walked around the building and took our pictures, we head inside.

There are 67 More Photos of This Lighthouse/ View Them Here

 

Maine

 

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Acadia National Park/Bass Harbor
Tremont

Date of Visit: August 13th, 2015

While visiting Acadia National Park, we rode over to the Bass Head Harbor Lighthouse. There is a small parking lot that is free to park in at the edge of the lighthouse. There is a trail that you can follow around the lighthouse and down to the shore.

The Bass Head Harbor Lighthouse is owned by the US Coast Guard. It is located in the village of Bass Harbor. The lighthouse was originally built in 1858 and marks the entrance into Bass Harbor on the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island. In 1876 a fog bell and tower was added. Then in 1898 a much larger fog bell was added within the tower itself.

National Register Of Historic Places

On January 21st, 1988, The Bass Harbor Head Light Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Also on the property is a “Keepers House”. As of the time of our visit, the lighthouse was under the control of the United States Coast Guard.

We went to the lighthouse on a weekday and found the small parking lot almost full.  I imagine if you go on a weekend during the summer parking might be a bit of a challenge. Once you park you will see a pathway that leads you directly to the lighthouse viewing area. There you will see the original bell, the lighthouse, and some great views of the harbor. Unfortunately, you are not allowed inside the lighthouse.

Watch Your Steps On The Rocks

On the other side of the parking lot, there is another path which leads you to steps. These steps will lead you to the other side of the lighthouse onto a rocky cliff. From there you can grab some great pictures of the cliff, the lighthouse, and the harbor. If you venture onto the rocky cliff as I did, be careful as there are no handrails, guide ropes, or anything else to hold onto.

If you are a fan of lighthouses, this is a great stop while in Maine. As I mentioned above the parking lot is small and depending on the day you visit it could be quite crowded. In our opinion, the views alone are worth any wait you might have to endure for a parking spot.

There Are 26 More Photos Available Of This Lighthouse/ View Pictures Here

 

New York

 

Horton Straight On

Horton Point Lighthouse
3575 Lighthouse Rd
Southold, 11791

Date of Visit: June 2014

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 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.

Southold Township

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 Saturday’s and Sunday’s 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 to the Southold Historical Society’s nautical museum. To learn more about this Lighthouse history, click on their 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.

There Are 11 More Photos Of This Lighthouse/View Them Here

 

 

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Montauk Point Lighthouse 
2000 Montauk Highway
Montauk,11954

Date of Visit: May 2014

Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in New York state. It sits at the end of the south fork of Long Island. Its construction was completed in November of 1796. It was added as a National Historic Landmark on March 5, 2012.

For a small fee, you can tour the museum and climb to the top of the lighthouse. Once at the top, you will enjoy spectacular views of Block Island and the Atlantic Ocean. There is also a fee to park. You can park and walk the grounds without paying any other fees if you choose to not go inside the lighthouse.

There Is Beach Access

You can walk along the paths or onto the beach. There is a gift shop with a small deli style grill where you can order food. There are tables to eat both inside and out on the deck overlooking the ocean.

The road to get to the lighthouse is a circular one way in/out. Just before you get to Montauk Point, there is a place on your right-hand side called Camp Hero. We highly suggest you stop into here. There is a fee to enter Camp Hero but if you save your receipt, you can use it to park at the lighthouse.

Be Sure To Visit Camp Hero

You can drive through Camp Hero viewing all the old radar equipment and bunkhouses and storage once used. The best part of Camp Hero is the views out into the Atlantic Ocean and the awesome views of the lighthouse. The only facilities there is a porta-potty located in the dirt parking lot.

If you are visiting Long Island and have some time, we highly recommend you visit the Montauk Point Lighthouse. If you are visiting the lighthouse between Memorial Day and Labor Day, try and go during the week. Traffic to the lighthouse is very heavy on the weekends.

There Are 61 More Photos Available Of This Lighthouse/ View Pictures Here

 

Old Field Lighthouse Distance

Old Field Lighthouse 
207 Old Field Rd
Setauket/E. Setauket, 11733

Date of Visit: Multiple Times Throughout 2016

Old Field Point Lighthouse is located in the village of Old Field at the end of Old Field Road. It sits between the entrances of Port Jeff Harbor and Stonybrook Harbor on the North Shore of Long Island. It was first built in 1824 and stood at 30 feet tall. Along with the lighthouse, a keepers quarters was also built.

The current tower was built in 1869 and stands 34 feet tall. In 1933 the lighthouse was deactivated. In 1991 a modern beacon was installed and maintained by the coast guard.

Used By Village Police/Town Hall

The lighthouse serves as a warning to boaters of the rocky shores of northern Long Island. The lighthouse is currently being used by the village police and also serves as the village hall.

We have been to this lighthouse multiple times. I have led motorcycle groups here and I have also come by myself to just sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet. There are no facilities at this lighthouse. A few things you should know is there is a small parking lot that you can park in. Do not park on the road outside the lighthouse as you will be ticketed.

Overlooking The Long Island Sound

You can’t go inside the lighthouse but you can walk around it. If you go up to the fence and look outward, you will be looking out over the Long Island Sound. You may even see the Port Jeff-Bridgeport ferry heading across.

If you like lighthouses you should make this quick stop. Although there are no tours or facilities it is still worth a quick look.

I have put together this short video of the Old Field Point Lighthouse. It shows the views of the property as I walked around the lighthouse. The water you are overlooking is the Long Island Sound. I was lucky enough to be there when one of the ferries were crossing. I tried to zoom in on it. Since I am walking around the property, the camera shakes in some spots. I will need to get better at that…lol. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them down below.

There Are 13 More Photos Of This Lighthouse/View Pictures Here

 

Rhode Island

 

Beavertail Lighthouse

Beavertail Lighthouse Museum
Beavertail Road
Jamestown, 02835

Date of Visit: September 20, 2018
Fee: $5.00 Donation is suggested for each adult climber
Pet-Friendly

While we were staying at Whispering Pines Campground in Rhode Island, we did a search for nearby lighthouses. Living on Long Island and having visited many lighthouses there and enjoying them, since we have been on the road full time we try to find lighthouses close to the campgrounds we stay at. Beavertail Lighthouse was about one hour from Hope Valley so we jumped on the motorcycle and off to Jamestown we went.

Beavertail Lighthouse Museum is located on the southernmost tip of Jamestown, Rhode Island. It is the third oldest lighthouse in the US. There is also a museum, small aquarium, gift shop and Beavertail State Park adjoining the lighthouse site.

Brief History

Beavertail Lighthouse is the third oldest lighthouse in North America. The original lighthouse was built from wood and completed in 1749. The original structure was 58 feet tall with an 11-foot lantern on top. In 1753 it was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original structure.

In 1783 the lighthouse was once again rebuilt after British soldiers burnt it down in 1779. In 1793 the lighthouse ownership was turned over to the Federal government. In 1972 the lighthouse was automated. In 1977 the lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places. We will put a link at the bottom of this page if you are interested in the complete timeline of this lighthouse.

Very Limited Hours For Museum Access And Tower Climbing

The lighthouse and museum are open during the summer season. They have very limited hours so if you are looking to climb the tower or visit the museum, check the website. We visited after Labor Day so both were closed.

The entry to get to the lighthouse is a one-way circular road that loops around the front of the lighthouse. There are parking areas on both sides of the loop. There were several portable composting toilets adjacent to the lighthouse.

Amazing Views

The views of Narragansett Bay are amazing. You can walk along the rocks, fish, watch the waves roll in and crash into the rocks and watch boats go by.

We spent several hours enjoying the grounds, which we found to be well manicured. We noted that there were signs posted on the grounds that included the history of the Beavertail Light Station, views looking out over Narragansett Bay and the Assistant Keepers House.

Final Thoughts

Visiting the lighthouse and the park were definitely worth our while and we would suggest stopping by to check it out. I would think that during the summer season it would be busy but at that time you would have an opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse, as well as stop into the museum and gift shop.

There Are 51 More Photos Of This Lighthouse/View Them Here

 

View Our Short 2 Minute Video Of This Lighthouse

 

 

Point Judith Lighthouse

Point Judith Lighthouse 
1460 Ocean Rd
Narragansett, 02882

Date Of Visit: July 2015

Point Judith lighthouse sits on Coast Guard owned property and is visible from the perimeter of the property only. It is located on the west side entrance to Narragansett Bay.

It was originally a wooden constructed lighthouse built in 1806 that blew down in a hurricane in September of 1815. It was replaced with a 35 foot stone tower in 1816. The lighthouse that stands now is of granite construction and was built in 1857 and automated in 1954.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988

We visited this lighthouse on a motorcycle trip that started in Connecticut. To get to the lighthouse you will ride (drive) down RT 108 until you reach ocean road. Following Ocean Rd to the end will lead you to a parking lot where you will be able to grab some great pictures of the bay and lighthouse.

Even though you can’t access the lighthouse, it’s still a great stop for some beautiful picture taking.

 

 

Watch Hill Lighthouse

Watch Hill Lighthouse
14 Lighthouse Rd
Westerly, Rhode Island 02891

Date of Visit: September 20, 2018
Fee: N/A
Pet-Friendly

We love visiting lighthouses. We were in Rhode Island in September 2018 and while staying at Whispering Pines Campground we decided to check out several lighthouses in RI and this was one of them. 

Before heading out on our day trip adventures we will google where we are visiting to get information about the attraction, as well as directions and parking. We knew before arriving that the lighthouse can be accessed by foot via a private road from the village of Watch Hill. Vehicles are permitted but only for the handicapped and senior citizens. Parking is available in the village of Watch Hill, which is where we parked.

Restricted To The Public

The Lighthouse itself and its adjacent structures are restricted to the public. There is a museum and it is open during the summer season Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons and through the week after Labor Day.

The Watch Hill Lighthouse, located on a peninsula in southeastern Rhode Island, is managed by the Watch Hill Lighthouse Keepers Association. The Lighthouse has been operating since 1745. The watchtower and beacon were destroyed in a 1781 storm and construction of a new lighthouse and beacon were completed in 1807. The next lighthouse opened in 1856. Over the years there have been several accidents involving steamers and schooners and 330 people were killed in the accidents. Captain Jared Starr Crandall was the keeper of the lighthouse and in 1879 his widow, Sally Ann (Gavitt) Crandall, became the first woman lighthouse keeper there.

Final Thoughts

From the grounds, there are awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean, Block Island, and Fisher’s Island. There are some beautiful homes in the area, as well as beaches. We highly recommend checking out this lighthouse if you are in the Watch Hill, RI area. After visiting the lighthouse you can take a walk around the town and stop down to the docks to grab a bench and relax.

There Are 65 More Photos Of This Lighthouse/ View Them Here

 

 

 

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