Bug Light | Long Beach Point, New York

© Sophie W. Smith

Joined October 2012

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Map: 41.109095, -72.305794
Location: Off the western tip of Orient Beach State Park, at the entrance to Orient Harbor.
Description:
Original lighthouse: Two story wooden structure upon a screwpile (later reinforced concrete) foundation, housed a Fifth Order Fresnel lens.
Current replica: Plywood/vinyl siding shell with many changes to original external appearance (only foundation is historic).
History of light:
1870: Constructed.
1871: First lit.
1924: Foundation changed from metal frame (screw pile) to concrete so that a central heating system could be installed.
1938: The infamous September hurricane caused contamination of the light’s drinking water with salt water heaved from the sea.
1945: Deactivated.
1955: The light is bought by a group in Orient Point.
1963, July 4: Destroyed by arsonists.
1990, September 5: The new replica was taken to its foundation by barges and reassembled.
1991, July. Two shotgun blasts damaged the siding and broke two windows, causing $2000 in damages.
1993: The Coast Guard re-established the light as a federal aid to navigation.
Current use: Active aid to navigation.

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