Stony Point Light

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Stony Point Light
Stony Point Lighthouse at Stony Point Battlefield State Park Stony Point New York Taken from site of British fort.jpg
Stony Point Light seen from the remains of the British fort
Stony Point Light is located in New York
Stony Point Light
Location Stony Point Battlefield, Stony Point, New York
Coordinates 41°14′29″N 73°58′20″W / 41.24139°N 73.97222°W / 41.24139; -73.97222Coordinates: 41°14′29″N 73°58′20″W / 41.24139°N 73.97222°W / 41.24139; -73.97222
Year first constructed 1826
Year first lit 1826
Automated 1973
Deactivated 1925-1995
Foundation Surface Rock
Construction Fieldstone
Tower shape Octagonal
Markings / pattern White w/ Black Lantern
Height 30 feet (9.1 m)
Focal height 58 feet (18 m)
Original lens 8 patent lamps, 12-inch (300 mm) reflectors
Current lens Fourth order Fresnel lens on loan from USCG and Hudson River Maritime Museum
Characteristic Fl W 4s - Flashing White 4 seconds
ARLHS number USA-923 [1]
USCG number 1-37895 [2]
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata

The Stony Point Light is the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River. It is located at the Stony Point Battlefield in Stony Point, New York.

The lighthouse was built in 1826 by Thomas Phillips, to warn ships away from the rocks of the Stony Point peninsula. The completion of the Erie Canal the previous year, which linked New York City to America's heartland, increased traffic on the Hudson River dramatically, and the need for navigational aids was paramount.[3]

Its design is an octagonal pyramid, made entirely of stone. In service for nearly 100 years, the lighthouse had a series of keepers, most notably the Rose family. The Rose home is also on the Historic Register.

Close-up view of the lighthouse

The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1925 and was acquired by the parks commission in 1941. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 1979[4]

Through the efforts of the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, the Palisades Park Interstate Commission, and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, restoration of the lighthouse began in 1986. The exterior was repaired and painted and the lantern was reglazed. On October 7, 1995, restoration was complete, and the light was activated for the first time in 70 years. The automatic light, operated by solar power, beams a flash of light once every four seconds. It is open to the public.[3]

Stony Point Light is shown on the NOAA Chart 12343[5]


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