North Dumpling Light. Photo by 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.

 

North Dumpling Light

DATE BUILT: 1849

MATERIALS: brick, wood

HISTORY: This handsome lighthouse and keeper’s house in Fishers Island Sound was built on an island originally owned by John Winthrop, son of the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Winthrop family later sold the island to the federal government for $600. During Prohibition, the keeper of North Dumpling Light was accused of signaling to liquor smugglers.

LIGHT LORE: The island and lighthouse are currently owned by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter.

 

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