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Sheffield Island Light
Rowayton, Connecticut

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Date Established: 1828
Date Present Tower Built: 1868
Height of Tower: 46 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 51 ft.


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Open to Public?: Yes - summer tours via Norwalk Seaport Association

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A 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 ( 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.

Submitted by: lighthousephoto Date posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 Views: 2264