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The historic Horton Point Lighthouse in Southold. (Credit: Tara Smith)

More than two centuries ago, the nation’s first president recommended a lighthouse be established at Southold’s Horton Point as many shipwrecks in the area — known as Dead Man’s Cove — became a cause for concern.

Though George Washington recommended the lighthouse in 1790, it would take decades to be built. It was first lit in 1857.

Today, the 58-foot lighthouse is listed in both the New York State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places and is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through mid September.

This summer, visitors can explore a new exhibit in the museum that looks at the history of local rumrunning during Prohibition. You can also climb to the top of the tower for a breathtaking view of the Long Island Sound and Connecticut.

Spend a peaceful minute with us there: