In The Gallery
History of Great Neck Stepping Stones Lighthouse
Great Neck Historical Society
Thursday December 14, 2017
9:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Stepping Stones Lighthouse, an essential aid to navigation, was built in 1876 to protect ships from a dangerous boulder reef which exists in Long Island Sound very close to the tip of Great Neck. The Lighthouse is located less than a mile from our shore, and is best seen from Steppingstones Park, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Throgs Neck Bridge, City Island, and, of course, from the water.
The US Government has been divesting itself of its lighthouses, as it no longer has the funds to maintain them. The Town of North Hempstead has agreed to attempt to rehabilitate the Lighthouse, and has partnered with the Great Neck Historical Society and the Great Neck Park District to accomplish this task.
The Lighthouse is in dire need of repair. There are holes in the foundation and in the roof. The chimney is broken, the inside has been gutted, and ice has been a major problem resulting in more and more cracks. If the Lighthouse is not repaired, and if it succumbs to the weather, the government will erect a metal tower with a light at the top, and we will lose sight of the history that the Lighthouse represents.
It is the goal of the Historical Society, the Town and the Park District to restore the Lighthouse so that we may lead tours of the structure and safely share this relic of the past with the community.
Location: Main Library Community Room
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