Lighthouses

Fire Island Lighthouse

Location: Fire Island Inlet, Long Island

Year Built: 1826

Height: 168 Feet

Lodging: No

Active: Yes

Open For Tours: Yes, daily tours

Although the original Fire Island Lighthouse was originally built in 1826, the lighthouse you visit today was is a replacement for the original 74′ structure that originally lit these waters. In 1974, the U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned the lighthouse. However, the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society was formed in 1982, and they raised $1.2 million to restore the tower and the light. Due to the efforts of the Preservation Society, the Coast Guard reactivated the lighthouse to assist with maritime navigation. On February 22, 2006, the responsibility of maintaining the lighthouse was transferred to the Preservation Society, and the lighthouse was considered a private aid to navigation.

Due to the nature of the tides that erode and deposit sand on the island shores, the Fire Island Lighthouse that once marked the western edge of Fire Island is now located six miles inland. However, this fun fact is not the only claim to fame the lighthouse has, as it has been featured in many movie and television shows including the Guiding light, Men In Black II, What Happens in Vegas and The Following. In 2008, Fire Island Lighthouse also celebrated a historic 150 year anniversary.

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