Maritime Society Gets Historic Lighthouse
October 15, 2010
On Wednesday, Connecticut’s New London Maritime Society officially became the owner of historic New London Harbor Light, according to a report on TheDay.com.
In 1760, a 64-foot stone tower with a wooden lantern was built on the spot. It was the first lighthouse in Long Island Sound, the oldest in Connecticut and the fourth oldest in North America. The 89-foot, white brownstone tower that now stands on the west side of the Thames River was built in 1801 with a cast iron lantern. It has operated continuously, except during the War of 1812. Today, from the top of the light one can see six other lights along the shores of Long Island Sound.
While the maritime society will maintain the property and make it available to visitors, the Coast Guard will continue to maintain the beacon inside the lighthouse.