Little Gull Island Light. Photo Caryn B. Davis

Boaters love lighthouses, for obvious reasons. Our affinity for the iconic beacons goes well beyond their original role as critical aids to navigation. There’s romance in these sturdy structures, which range from squat, conical towers to ornate fortresses resembling Victorian mansions. In this series, we’ll look at some of the more notable lighthouse scattered throughout Long Island Sound.

 

Little Gull Island Light

 

DATE BUILT: 1869

MATERIAL: Granite

HISTORY: Located seven miles northeast of Long Island’s Orient Point, the 81-foot-tall conical light replaced a smaller structure built in 1806. The island was once home to a three-story keeper’s home that resembled New London Ledge Light, and which was destroyed by fire in 1944.

LIGHT LORE: A former assistant lightkeeper, John Collins, owned a pet opossum named “Jacob.”

 

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