The U.S. General Services Administration announced that it found a new steward for the historic Race Rock Lighthouse in Long Island Sound, in an effort to save tax dollars while preserving the past.
As part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act program, the GSA offered the light at no cost to public bodies and non-profit organizations.
Ownership and “the keys” to the historic Race Rock Lighthouse was transferred from the Coast Guard to its new steward, The New London Maritime Society, during the deed transfer ceremony on Thursday.
"Lighthouses are an important part of national and regional heritage. Working with stewards like the New London Maritime Society helps us ensure that these architectural treasures are preserved without burdening taxpayers" Robert Zarnetske, GSA Regional Administrator for New England, said in a statement.
Constructed in 1871-1878 by engineer Francis Hopkinson Smith and first lit in 1879, the Race Rock Lighthouse includes a two and one-half story GothicRevival style granite masonry keeper’s dwelling with an integral three and one-half story tower.
Race Rock Light is located at the Race, a narrows between Fishers Island and the northeastern end of Long Island Sound, a half-mile southwest of Race Point on Fishers Island, N.Y.
Since 2000, GSA has been administering the historic lights program with its partners the National Park Service and the United States Coast Guard. So far, 96 lights been conveyed out of federal ownership: 63 at no cost to preservationists; and 33 sold by auction to the public.