Fire Island Lighthouse

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Fire Island Lighthouse
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Fire Island Lighthouse
Fire Island Lighthouse is located in New York
Fire Island Lighthouse
LocationFire Island inlet, Long Island
Coordinates40°37′56.8″N 73°13′6.9″W / 40.632444°N 73.218583°W / 40.632444; -73.218583Coordinates: 40°37′56.8″N 73°13′6.9″W / 40.632444°N 73.218583°W / 40.632444; -73.218583
Year first constructed1826
Year first lit1858
Automated1986
DeactivatedActive, inactive 1974-1986
FoundationConnecticut River Blue Stone/timber
ConstructionBrick encased in cement
Tower shapeConical tower
Markings / patternFour black and white bands
Height168 feet (51 m) [1]
Original lensFirst order Fresnel 1856
Current lensCarlisle & Finch Company
Range24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)
CharacteristicFlashing White 7.5 seconds counterclockwise.
ARLHS numberUSA-286 [2]
USCG number1-695
Fire Island Light Station; Fire Island Light Station Historic District
Nearest cityBay Shore, New York
Area0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built1858
ArchitectMorton, J.T.
Governing bodyNational Park Service
NRHP Reference #81000082[3] 09001288[4]
Added to NRHPSeptember 11, 1981; January 29, 2010 (boundary increase)
 
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Fire Island Lighthouse
Fireisland.jpg
Fire Island Lighthouse
Fire Island Lighthouse is located in New York
Fire Island Lighthouse
LocationFire Island inlet, Long Island
Coordinates40°37′56.8″N 73°13′6.9″W / 40.632444°N 73.218583°W / 40.632444; -73.218583Coordinates: 40°37′56.8″N 73°13′6.9″W / 40.632444°N 73.218583°W / 40.632444; -73.218583
Year first constructed1826
Year first lit1858
Automated1986
DeactivatedActive, inactive 1974-1986
FoundationConnecticut River Blue Stone/timber
ConstructionBrick encased in cement
Tower shapeConical tower
Markings / patternFour black and white bands
Height168 feet (51 m) [1]
Original lensFirst order Fresnel 1856
Current lensCarlisle & Finch Company
Range24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)
CharacteristicFlashing White 7.5 seconds counterclockwise.
ARLHS numberUSA-286 [2]
USCG number1-695
Fire Island Light Station; Fire Island Light Station Historic District
Nearest cityBay Shore, New York
Area0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built1858
ArchitectMorton, J.T.
Governing bodyNational Park Service
NRHP Reference #81000082[3] 09001288[4]
Added to NRHPSeptember 11, 1981; January 29, 2010 (boundary increase)

The Fire Island Lighthouse is a visible landmark on the Great South Bay, in southern Suffolk County, New York on the western end of Fire Island, a barrier island off the southern coast of Long Island. The Lighthouse is located within Fire Island National Seashore and just to the east of Robert Moses State Park. It is part of the Fire Island Light Station which contains the Light, Keepers Quarters, Lens Building containing the original First Order Fresnel Lens, and a boat house.

History[edit]

The original first order Fresnel lens

The current lighthouse is a 180-foot (55 m) stone tower that began operation in 1858 to replace the 74-foot (23 m) tower originally built in 1826. The United States Coast Guard decommissioned the light in 1974. In 1982 the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society (FILPS) was formed to preserve the lighthouse. FILPS raised over $1.2 million to restore the tower and light. On May 25, 1986 the United States Coast Guard returned the Fire Island Lighthouse to an active aid to navigation. On February 22, 2006, the light became a private aid to navigation. It continues to be on the nautical charts, but is operated and maintained by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society and not the USCG. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 and a boundary increase for the national historic district occurred in 2010.[3][4][5][6]

It is listed as Fire Island Light, number 695, in the USCG light lists.[7]

When the lighthouse was built it was on the edge of Fire Island Inlet and marked the western end of Fire Island. However Fire Island has extended itself through accumulating sand so that the lighthouse is now nearly six miles from the western end of the island at Democrat Point.

The Archives Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has a collection (#1055) of souvenir postcards of lighthouses and has digitized 272 of these and made them available online. These include postcards of Fire Island Light[8] with links to customized nautical charts provided by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

150th anniversary[edit]

The lighthouse celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2008. That same year was the 100th Anniversary of Robert Moses State Park.

Access[edit]

Fire Island Lighthouse

The lighthouse can be accessed by a short walk from Robert Moses State Park - Field 5. It is open to the public daily. Tower tours are available for a small fee.

In popular culture[edit]

The lighthouse was featured in

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