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Montauk Point Light
Montauk, New York

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Date Established: 1796
Date Present Tower Built: 1796
Date Automated: 1987
Height of Tower: 110 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 168 ft.


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Open to Public?: Yes

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The first lighthouse built in New York State, Montauk Point was authorized by the Second Congress in 1792, under President George Washington. Construction began on June 7, 1796 and was completed on November 5, 1796 by John McComb Jr., who built the lights at Cape Henry, VA, and Eaton's Neck, NY. During World War II, a Fire Control Station Tower was added next to the light, as part of the Eastern Coastal Defense Shield. In the 1960's, a continuation of erosion to the bluffs around the lighthouse threatened Montauk Point. However, a woman named Giorgina Reid used her patented coastal bluff stabilization technique to stabilize the bluffs, effectively saving the lighthouse. Montauk Point Light is the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States.

Submitted by: Cary Date of last review: Tue Mar 9, 2010 Views: 3596

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Joined: 6 Mar 2008
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Review Date: Tue Mar 9, 2010 Would you recommend the lighthouse? Yes | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great experience
Cons: none

Great experience. There's a full museum, knowledgeable docents, food and bathrooms available, well set up for visitors. Beautiful location.
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