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Hortons Point Lighthouse in Southold. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Hortons Point Lighthouse in Southold. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Did you know that this North Fork lighthouse was commissioned in 1790, back during George Washington’s presidency? But the cornerstone of the Horton Point Lighthouse wasn’t laid until 1857.

The lighthouse is open weekends from 11:30 to 4:00 from May 23 through October 12. Explore the nautical museum, the building’s rich history and visit the tower for a panoramic view of the Long Island Sound and the surrounding park.
The Southold Historical Society renovated the historic building in the 1970s after years of non-use and a nautical museum opened to the public in 1977. Another massive restoration project took place in 1990, when the 58-foot tall tower was repaired.
The structure was revamped in 2006 and today is run through a partnership between the Southold Historical Society and the Southold Park District. It is listed on both the national and state registers of historic places.
Admission is $3 per person, children under 12 are free. Groups are encouraged during the week by appointment. Volunteers are always needed. For additional information go to http://www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org/lighthouse.htm or call 631-765-5500.
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