Five Mile Point Light at Lighthouse Point Park

fivemile.jpgSpring into Connecticut to visit beautiful Lighthouse Point Park and Five Mile Point Lighthouse, named for its distance from downtown New Haven. During the roaring 20’s, the park was the field of dreams for Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Roger Dodger may find his dream haven here to dodge the Fraternity Boys Investigators (FBI)!

bluebird.gif For Bluebird Portrait Painters who missed their digital solar circle cake, the park is popular for bird watching song birds flying in their migratory flocks every spring and fall.
In September, the annual Hawkfest celebrates the Atlantic flyway of hawks and other birds flying south for the winter.

The current 70-foot high brownstone Lighthouse was built in 1847 to improve marking the entrance to New Haven Harbor. The Lighthouse exhibited a Fixed White Light illuminated by 12 oil lamps and 21-inch reflectors 97-feet above sea level. In 1855, the Lighthouse was refitted with a Fourth-order Fresnel lens.

On Jan 1, 1877, Five Mile Point Lighthouse was deactivated and replaced by Southwest Ledge Light to improve marking the dangerous ledge and shoal at the entrance to the harbor.

The City of New Haven purchased the Lighthouse and property for 11,180 clams from the State of Connecticut in 1924. New Haven opened Lighthouse Point Park as a public beach.

Since 2002, the Lighthouse has been open for limited reservation Park Ranger guided tours. Before visiting the park, call the Park Rangers at 203-946-8790 to check for scheduled Lighthouse tours. After your Lighthouse tour, you can ride on the restored 1916 Lighthouse Park Carousel or splash through the water fountains of the Lighthouse Park Splashpad.

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For a Map of the Lighthouse Location, please visit the Google Map of Five Mile Point Lighthouse

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About Debbie Dolphin

Lighthouse author and photographer living in New England

Posted on March 23, 2008, in Open House, Parks, Travel and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Hi Bluebird Portrait Painter,

    You are welcome. Lighthouse Point Park is a beautiful place to spend a summer’s day!

    A few Blue Dolphin Martinis removed the aftertaste of his swill ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. ahh…a beautiful lighthouse indeed Debbie !!!
    so this is where the hawks originate….hmmm I will look at them in a whole new light now…
    thanks for this illuminating post…..
    I see you still have your grand sense of wit and humour despite the swill of a certain beer drinker ๐Ÿ˜€

    Bluebird Portrait Painter’s last blog post..Top 101 Artists’ Blogs – Update 31/3/08

  3. Hi Roger Doger 0007,

    Sounds like the legendary Pecos Bill has escaped the FBI by painting the park while straddling two horses for the love of his life, Slue-Foot Sue! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Skipper, time travel would be fun to sail by these Lighthouses as long as Gilligan doesn’t blow our ship off course in the Lighthouse Time Tunnel! Will Dr. Ann McGregor be able to save us from BW? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Super Comments RD 0007!

  4. In 1847, I was just begining college, and frequented the park weekly…

    The restored 1916 carousel must be a sight to behold. Never happy with just one horse, I usually straddle 2. One must sport dark shades and a cowboy hat for the full riding effect.
    … the FBI is coming? This does look like the perfect fortress of solitude.
    Hard to believe that so much light could be derived from oil lamps. Wouldn’t be fun to go back in time and visit these lighthouses in their original grandure? … then again, it might upset BW ๐Ÿ™‚

    Super post Debbie

    RD 0007

    Roger Doger’s last blog post..Burning Desire

  5. Hi Linda,

    With oil and gas prices this year, I’m not sure how far my Lighthouse trips will be this year. Maybe, you can update us with your Lighthouse tour and park experience in a post if you visit Five Mile Point Lighthouse?

  6. New Haven isn’t that far from me at all, I’ll have to try to keep this in mind for later this summer and see if I can arrange a tour.

    Linda’s last blog post..A Royal Summons!

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