Lighthouse Database » North America » USA » Connecticut
Sheffield Island Light
Please log in or register to review this lighthouse. If you have additional information or corrections, please contact us.
|Average Rating: ||
|| N/A (0 reviews)|
Recommended By: No recommendations
Date Established: 1828
Date Present Tower Built: 1868
Height of Tower: 46 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 51 ft.
Distance from You:
Open to Public?: Yes - summer tours via Norwalk Seaport Association
Find Related Items on eBay
*Photos on this page are the property of lighthousephoto, unless otherwise noted, and may not be downloaded or used
without permission from the copyright owner.
If you would like to contribute photos of this light (showing a different perspective or the interior), please let us know.
DescriptionA 30 foot stone tower was established on Sheffield Island in 1828. Mariners, however, complained that the light from it wasn't bright enough, prompting Congress to appropriate funds for a new lighthouse on the island in 1867. The lighthouse was built in 1868 and consisted of a 46 foot tower. The lighthouse was subsequently deactivated in 1902. The lighthouse has been extensively renovated and is now open in the summer for tours with a resident summer keeper on the island. Tours are available through the Norwalk Seaport Association (http://www.seaport.org). Much of Sheffield Island is now a wildlife preserve.
Several hurricanes during the 1990s caused extensive erosion of the island and wire baskets filled with stone are now being placed in an effort to prevent further erosion.