11/03/16 4:41pm
Horton Point Lighthouse

A view up the staircase inside the Horton Point Lighthouse. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

For centuries lighthouses have thrilled and fascinated people with their sense of mystery, sea lore and romance.

Author Eric Jay Dolin writes about these beacons of light, including some on Long Island, in his new book, “Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse.”

He comes to the North Fork this weekend to discuss America’s lighthouses and sign copies of his book. (more…)

06/03/16 8:34am
Volunteer Ben Gonzalez perched at the top of the lighthouse, waiting to show visitors around. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Volunteer Ben Gonzalez perched at the top of the lighthouse, waiting to show visitors around. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

To trace the roots of Southold’s Horton Point Lighthouse, one must go back decades before the beacon was first illuminated in the mid-19th century.

In fact, it was none other than our nation’s future first president, George Washington, who recommended the establishment of a lighthouse at Horton Point — way back in 1756.  (more…)