Lighthouse Profile: Watch Hill Light

Watch Hill Light. Photo by Caryn B. Davis

 

Watch Hill Light

DATE BUILT: 1808

MATERIALS: granite, brick interior

HISTORY: First built as a watchtower to warn local residents of naval and pirate attacks, Watch Hill Light assumed its maritime safety role when the current structure was built in 1808. It warns mariners of the dangerous reef that runs between Fishers Island and Watch Hill.

LIGHT LORE: Forty five shipwrecks were recorded off Watch Hill in the first 27 years after the light was built.

 

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