Stepping Stones Lighthouse Adoption
Recently, the Town of North Hempstead submitted a revised application to adopt Stepping Stones Lighthouse which became available last summer under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. The ownership of the Lighthouse could be transfered to North Hempstead early next year if approved by the Secretary of the Interior. Five of the six eligible organizations have withdrawn from the process most likely due to the estimated cost of $4 million to restore the severe damage to the Lighthouse structure and foundation after years of neglect.
The distinctive red brick Second Empire style 38-feet high Lighthouse was built on the edge of the dangerous Stepping Stones reef to mark a safe channel for the increase of commercial shipping through Long Island Sound. Colonial maps named Long Island Sound, the “Devil’s Belt,” and the reefs skipping across it, the “Devil’s Stepping Stones” because the region was vulnerable to the deadly storm surges and flooding of Nor’easters which ambushed the Sound and Long Island. The Stepping Stones reef may also be named after a Siwanoy Indian Legend according to local tradition.
Stepping Stones Lighthouse was First Lit on March 1, 1877 exhibiting a Fixed Red Light illuminated by a Fifth-order Fresnel lens 46-feet above sea level to a visible range of 8 nautical miles. The Light was later refitted with a Fourth-order Fresnel lens exhibiting a Fixed Green Light in 1926. The Light has exhibited a Occulting Green Light every four seconds (two seconds Flash , two seconds Eclipse) since 1967 when the Lighthouse was automated.
Stepping Stones Lighthouse is located 4,200- feet Northwest of Kings Point, Great Neck at the north-westernmost shore of Long Island. The Lighthouse is best viewed by boat and is visible from the Throgs Neck Bridge (I-295). The Lighthouse can also be seen from City Island in the Bronx, U.S. Merchant Maritime Academy at King’s Point by stopping at the guard booth and politely asking the guard to view the Lighthouse, and Stepping Stones Park.
For Google Map Directions, please visit the Google Map of Stepping Stones Lighthouse
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