Stepping Stones Light

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Stepping Stones Light
Stepping Stones Light 2006.jpg
Stepping Stones Light is located in New York
Stepping Stones Light
Location Long Island Sound, in Nassau County, New York. Marks outer end of reef
Coordinates 40°49′27.6″N 73°46′29.1″W / 40.824333°N 73.774750°W / 40.824333; -73.774750Coordinates: 40°49′27.6″N 73°46′29.1″W / 40.824333°N 73.774750°W / 40.824333; -73.774750
Year first constructed 1877
Year first lit 1877
Automated 1967
Foundation Granite and concrete pier
Construction Red brick
Tower shape Square, red brick, granite trim, black and white lantern
Markings / pattern White band on southwest face of pier
Height 46 feet (14 m)
Focal height 46 feet (14 m)
Original lens Fifth order Fresnel, 1877
Current lens 12 inches (300 mm)
Range 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi)
Characteristic Green light occulting every 4 sec
Admiralty number J0923
ARLHS number USA-811
USCG number

1-21505 [1] [2] [3]

Stepping Stones Light Station
Area less than one acre
Architect U.S. Lighthouse Board
Architectural style Second Empire
MPS Light Stations of the United States MPS
NRHP reference #


Added to NRHP September 15, 2005
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata

Stepping Stones Light is a Victorian-style lighthouse in Long Island Sound, in Nassau County, New York. The lighthouse is square-shaped and made of red brick, standing one-and-a-half stories high. The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse is a virtual twin of this structure. The light is in current use, under the management of the United States Coast Guard. It is not open to the public.

The reef upon which it sits was given its name by Siwanoy (Minnefords) Native American legends. According to the legend, the tribe used warriors, medicine, and magic to chase the devil out of present-day Westchester County, New York onto City Island (formerly Greater Minneford Island), surrounding him at Belden Point. The devil then picked up huge boulders lying there and tossed them into Long Island Sound, using them as stepping stones to make his escape. The natives named the rocks, "The Devil's Stepping Stones".

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Stepping Stones Light Station on September 15, 2005, reference number 05001026. The light station has been declared surplus, and the application for transfer under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 is under review.[5] In 2008, the light station was transferred to the Town of North Hempstead. In 2014, the Town of North Hempstead entered into a partnership with the Great Neck Historical Society and the Great Neck Park District to raise funds to rehabilitate the Lighthouse.[6] The National Park Service and New York State Senator Jack Martins provided $165,000 and $100,000 in grant funding, respectively, to support the restoration efforts. [7] [8]


  1. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard.
  2. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New York". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  3. ^ ARLHS World List of Lights
  4. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ Available properties through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Program for 2006
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  7. ^ Eidler, Scott (26 April 2016). "North Hempstead wins $165G grant to restore historic lighthouse". Newsday.
  8. ^ Eidler, Scott (13 July 2016). "Stepping Stones Light to receive restoration funding". Newsday.

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USCG historical photo, undated