Beautiful beacons

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Lighthouses, intrinsic features of coastlines, double as beautiful works of architecture.

If you’re a fan, you’ll appreciate this essay by Eric Jay Dolin, which appeared in our May issue. It features photos of New England lighthouses by Matthew Cohen.

Here is a selection of the lighthouses you can find along the coasts surrounding Long Island Sound. A map shows you their locations:

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  1. 1. Stepping Stones Light – NOAA Photo Library, Nassau County, New York 40°49?27.6?N 73°46?29.1?W
  2. 2. Great Captain Island Light – Robert Brewster, Greenwich, CT 40.982479°N 73.623006°W
  3. 3. Greens Ledge Light – Radu Gheorghe for the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, CT 41°2?30?N 73°26?38.2?W
  4. 4. Sheffield Island Light - Radu Gheorghe for the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, CT 41°2?55.61?N 73°25?8.93?W
  5. 5. Peck Ledge Light - Radu Gheorghe for the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, Long Island Sound, CT 41°04?38.4?N 73°22?11.38?W
  6. 6. Penfield Reef Light - Radu Gheorghe for the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, Fairfield, CT 41°7?1.58?N 73°13?19.26?W
  7. 7. Stratford Point Light - Radu Gheorghe for the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, Stratford, CT 41°09?07.19?N 73°06?11.78?W
  8. 8. Five Mile Point Light – Charles Barneby, New Haven, CT 41°14?56?N 72°54?14?W
  9. 9. Falkners Island Light – USCG, Guilford, CT 41°12?43?N 72°39?12?W
  10. 10. Avery Point Light – Mike Hotaling, Groton, CT 41.315260°N 72.063563°W
  11. 11. Stonington Harbor Light – Kenneth C. Zirkel, Stonington, CT 41°19?42.6?N 71°54?20?W
  12. 12. Orient Point – Mark Hatcher, Southold, NY 41°8?43?N 72°17?19?W
  13. 13. Plum Island Light – Kristina Smith, Plum Island, NY 41°10?25.20?N 72°12?41.47?W

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Sakonnet Point Lighthouse, 1884

The beautiful beacons of New England

The history of America’s lighthouses is wondrously wide ranging. It is about the farsighted colonies that built the first lighthouses on the East Coast to welcome commerce to their shores, embracing the founding of the nation and its dramatic expansion across the continent.