Horse Island Light

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Horse Island Light
Horse Island Light is located in New York
Horse Island Light
Location Horse Island in Sackets Harbor
Coordinates 43°56′35″N 76°8′40″W / 43.94306°N 76.14444°W / 43.94306; -76.14444Coordinates: 43°56′35″N 76°8′40″W / 43.94306°N 76.14444°W / 43.94306; -76.14444
Year first constructed 1831[1]
Year first lit 1870
Automated 1957
Deactivated 1957
Foundation Limestone
Construction Brick
Tower shape Square
Markings / pattern White w/ Black Lantern
Original lens Fifth Order Fresnel lens
ARLHS number USA-380 [2]
USCG number Replacement: 7-1850 [3]

Horse Island Light, also known as Sackets Harbor Light, is located on Horse Island in Sackets Harbor, Jefferson County in New York on Lake Ontario.


Horse Island Light is listed on the National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program as Lighthouse to visit [4] and as one of New York's Historic Light Stations.[5]

A modern steel skeletal tower replaced the lighthouse as an Aid to Navigation in 1957, and the lighthouse and property were sold. It is now in private hands and not open to the public. The keepers quarters were built in 1870, and consisted of a 1 12 story Queen Anne/Italianate brick house. There was also a barn and oil house on the property.

During the War of 1812, the British used Horse Island as a staging area before the Battle of Sackett's Harbor.

Lighthouse keeper at one time: Schuyler Shibley Simmons[6]


Further reading[edit]

  • U.S. Coast Guard. Historically Famous Lighthouses (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1957).
  • Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia. Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback (Erin: Boston Mills Press, 2006) ISBN 1-55046-399-3

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