Our Nations Beacon of Light, honoring those who serve and have served.
A National Historic Landmark, the Montauk Point Lighthouse is located on the eastern most point on Long Island, New York. It is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. The Second Congress, under President George Washington, authorized the Lighthouse in 1792. Construction began on June 7, 1796 and was completed on November 5, 1796.
About this beacon and military significance. Civilian keepers maintained the lighthouse until World War ll, when the U.S. Army took it over as part of the Eastern Coastal Defense Shield. Adjacent to the lighthouse, Camp Hero was opened by the Army in 1942 and was heavily fortified with huge guns during the war. Those gun emplacements and concrete observation bunkers are still visible as a reminder of our freedom due to the bravery of those who serve.
Never taking for granted the freedom and beauty of American shores, I have been drawn since a child to the Montauk Lighthouse towering structure. Years ago my culinary students won one of many gold medals in culinary competition from the Société Culinaire Philanthropique for an all Long Island theme submission in food and pastry based on local food and geography. Our table stood apart from the competition as the Lighthouse was replicated in pastillage sugar work.
Montauk, A symbol of great fishing, it's beaches and surfing, the Lighthouse has been featured in the open of George Hirsch Lifestyle and several episodes of the TV series as a strong image of Long Island and our place in history. The Montauk Lightouse has been part of Long Island's land and seascape for over 200 years and still serves as an active aid to navigation and a beacon of light to all those who have served.
- Fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States
- Foundation is 13'deep and 9' thick
- Constructed of sandstone blocks from Connecticut, 8" high and varying in length from 18" high to 44"
- The walls are 6' thick at the base tapering to 3' thick at the top
- The height of the tower is 110' 6"
- There are 137 iron steps to the top of the tower
- The light flashes every 5 seconds and can be seen a distance of 19 nautical miles
For more information and to visit the National Historic Landmark, the Montauk Point Lighthouse