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Execution Rocks Light
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Date Established: 1850
Date Present Tower Built: 1850
Date Automated: 1979
Height of Tower: 60 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 62 ft.
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Open to Public?: Owned by Historically Significant Structures - occasionally tours are offered
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DescriptionThe Execution Rocks lighthouse is built astride the largest expose rock that is part of a reef near the middle of western Long Island Sound. The lighthouse is about 1600 yards off of Sands Point.
Initially the 60 foot tower was built and exhibit its light for the first time in 1850 and was painted white. The first keepers lived in the base of the tower as there was no keeper's dwelling until 1867. The lighthouse received the wide brown band that is now part of its day mark in 1895. The lighthouse survived fires in 1918 and again in 1921. The lighthouse was de-staffed in 1979. In 2007, under the lighthouse was made available for transfer and was awarded to the single bidder, Historically Significant Structures, in 2009. That group is now trying to raise the $1.2 million estimated that will be needed to make the lighthouse available for overnight stays. The group offers occasional tours to Execution Rocks.