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The Stratford Point Lighthouse Station was established in 1822 with the original 28 foot tall, wooden octagonal tower. The current tower and keepers house were built in1881. This second tower is built from cast iron plates and lined with brick. The optic was also replaced in 1881 with a third order Fresnel lens. The lighthouse's lantern room was removed and replaced with a pair of large rotating aerobeacons in 1969 and was automated in 1970. The original lantern room was returned to the tower along with a modern optic in 1990 and the aerobeacons became part of an exhibit located on the ground floor of the refurbished tower.
Stratford Point Lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and continues to be an active aid to navigation maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The keepers house is still in use for Coast Guard housing. The white 35 foot tall lighthouse with a red band daymark continues to give a grouped white flash every 20 seconds to guide mariners through the Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Housitonic River in Connecticut.
October 2003 Issue, Women Of The Light - Heroines of Stratford Point by Jeremy D'Entremont. "Women, real and mythological, have played a prominent role in the history of Connecticut's Stratford Point Lighthouse on Long Island Sound". Please go to the Lighthouse Digest Magazine Archives for the full article. Lighthouse Digest magazine not only keeps the history of our lighthouses alive both in print and on line, but it is the best single source to keep current on all aspects of lighthouse preservation, news and events
The Stratford Point Lighthouse keepers' house is in active use for Coast Guard housing and the station does not have public access. A good view of the keepers' house and a partially obstructed view of the tower can be had from outside the fence. Do not enter the grounds without permission. The best view of the lighthouse is from the water.
Directions: US Route I 95 to exit 30. Take State Route 113 Lordship Blvd south-east past the Igor I Sikorsky Memorial Airport . Note the World War II era Corsair fighter plane mounted on a pedastal at the airport. Continue straight onto Stratford Road. Turn right onto Prospect Drive (eastbound) to the end. A small parking area will be on your left, the lighthouse will be visible through the trees and over the keepers' house to your right.
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