Montauk Point State Park
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Montauk Point State Park is located in the hamlet of Montauk, at the eastern tip of Long Island in the Town of East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York. Montauk Point is the easternmost extremity of the South Fork of Long Island, and thus also of New York State. The park is at the end of New York State Route 27.
The park contains the Montauk Point Light, which was authorized by the Second Congress, under President George Washington in 1792. Construction began on June 7, 1796 and was completed on November 5, 1796. The lighthouse and adjacent Camp Hero were heavily fortified with huge guns during World War I and World War II. Those gun emplacements and concrete observation bunkers (which are also at nearby Shadmoor State Park) are still visible.
The Amistad, a Spanish ship taken over by slaves in 1839 was captured by the USS Washington near here. The slaves were allowed to briefly disembark here before reimprisoned and taken to New London, Connecticut for trial. The Amistad case went before the Supreme Court of the United States. John Quincy Adams successfully argued that the slaves had been kidnapped and they were permitted to return to Africa. The case fanned the debate over abolition of slavery.
Activities and services
Picnic tables, Food, Playground, Nature trail, Fishing, Hunting (Seasonal small and big game), Hiking, Cross-country skiing. Site of some of the best surf-fishing in the world; See seals sun themselves on rocks.
- List of New York state parks
- Lighthouses in the United States
- Camp Hero State Park
- Montauk Point land claim
- New York State Parks: Montauk Point State Park
- New York State Parks: Camp Hero State Park
- National Park Service List of New York Lighthouses