Long Island Sound Lighthouses: Watch Hill Light

Watch Hill 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.

 

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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