The Montauk Point Lighthouse
is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. The Lighthouse was authorized by the Second Congress, under President George Washington, in 1792. Construction began on June 7, 1796, and was completed on November 5, 1796. It still serves as an aid to navigation. The Montauk Point Lighthouse was designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of the property’s national significance in the history of the United States on March 5, 2012, by the Secretary of the Interior.
-First lighthouse in New York State.
-Fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States.
-Constructed of sandstone blocks from Connecticut, 8″ high and varying in length from 18″ to 44″.
-Foundation is 13′ deep and 9′ thick.
-The walls are 6′ thick at the base, tapering to 3′ thick at the top.
-The height of the tower is 110′ 6″.
-There are over 137 iron steps to the top of the tower.
-The light flashes every 5 seconds and can be seen from a distance of 19 nautical miles. —lighthousefriends.com