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Elm Tree Lighthouse (Swash Channel Range Front Light)
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Date Established: 1856
Date Present Tower Built: 1939
Height of Tower: 65 ft.
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Open to Public?: Grounds only
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DescriptionThe Elm Tree Light takes its name from an old elm tree that early sailors bound for New York harbor used as a landmark. When the light was built, it appropriately took its name from that old tree. The wooden Elm Tree light was torn down in 1939 and replaced by the present concrete tower that was equipped with a 6th order Fresnel lens. The Elm Tree light was actually a front range light and paired with the New Dorp light, which is now a private residence obscured by the trees higher on Staten Island. The Elm Tree and New Dorp lights were discontinued in 1964.
Elm Tree Lighthouse is no longer active and stands at the end of New Dorp Lane in New Dorp on Staten Island along the edge of Miller Field, which was an airfield at one time.