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Cedar Island Light
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Date Established: 1838
Date Present Tower Built: 1868
Height of Tower: 40 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 44 ft.
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Open to Public?: Grounds only
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DescriptionCedar Island lighthouse was built to help guide whaling ships into Northwest Bay and the port of Sag Harbor during the early 19th century. The first lighthouse was built in 1838 and replaced by the present structure in 1868. The light was deactivated in 1934 and replaced by the skeletal tower seen to the left of the light in one of the posted photos. A fire gutted the interior. The windows were bricked over to prevent further damage. The lighthouse was purchased by Suffolk County in 1967 and the light was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Steps are now being taken to eventually restore the lighthouse.
The lighthouse can be seen from an overlook in Cedar Point County Park where the posted photos were shot from. The photos posted were shot at focal lengths of 300 and 1500 mm. It is a 1.3 mile walk along the beach to get to the lighthouse.