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Eaton's Neck Light
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Date Established: 1799
Date Present Tower Built: 1799
Height of Tower: 73 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 144 ft.
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Open to Public?: By appointment or special occasion only
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DescriptionThe lighthouse at Eaton's Neck stands at the end of a point of land that juts out into Long Island sound on the north shore of Long Island. It was noted that there were dangerous shallows and rocks in the area as early as 1795, which prompted the construction of the Eaton's Neck lighthouse, which was completed in 1799. The 3rd order Fresnel lens installed in the lantern room more than 100 years ago is still in service.
The lighthouse was witness to a significant shipping disaster in 1840 when bales of cotton on the steamship Lexington caught fire after being stored too close to the steam pipe. All but 4 of the more than 100 on board perished in the disaster.
Eaton's Neck lighthouse is an active Coast Guard station and is not normally open to visitors. I was able to visit to photograph during the 2007 Long Island Lighthouse Challenge. It may also be possible to make arrangements to visit the station by calling ahead (631-261-6959).