Lighthouse Summer

Dedicating 2022 to

Public Access & Lighthouse Preservation


New London Maritime Society

New London, CT– This summer, the New London Maritime Society (NLMS) wants everyone back visiting inside the three historic beacons just off our shore, which are owned by NLMS.
New London Maritime Society declares July & August 2022 Lighthouse Summer.
The group is dedicating their efforts in 2022 to increased public access and lighthouse preservation. There will be weekend trips to both Harbor and Ledge lighthouses through July and August, and two trips to Race Rock on August 13 and 20. Special for New London residents, only, thanks to a grant from Veolia/New London Water Authority, boat tickets to explore inside Ledge Lighthouse and visits to New London Harbor Light are just $5 for New London youth (age 7 through 18) and their parents. All tickets must be purchased in advance online; links to tours and other special Lighthouse Summer events will be posted on the maritime society website: nlmaritimesociety.org.
‘These historic structures — all active active aids to navigation — add so much authentic character to our waterfront,’ says NLMS president Christina Corcoran. ‘The Maritime Society is happy we can make the experience affordable to New London families this summer.’
As federal stewards, New London Maritime Society has the responsibility for lighthouse education, which is done daily at the Custom House Maritime Museum; public access — provided by the lighthouse tours; and most importantly, preservation. Preservation-wise, this summer the landscaping is being completed at New London Harbor Light thanks to a ‘Good to Great’ grant from the state of CT. New London Ledge Light also is benefiting from a ‘Good to Great’ grant awarded to the Ledge Light Foundation (LLF), which has installed solar power, is putting in a toilet, and is building a new foundation fender to allow for safer boat landings at the lighthouse. A crack in the brick facade also will be repaired.
Also, on Tuesday July 26 at 4 PM, the Henry Ferguson Museum on Fishers Island, NY, will host a Benefit Premier: The History of Race Rock Light. This 45-minute video directed by Marisela La Grave and Pierce Rafferty chronicles the remarkable story of how a lighthouse came to be erected in the 1870s on a dangerous submerged ledge amidst some of the most unpredictable and swiftest moving tides on the East Coast. The free event will be held at the Fishers Island Theater, on Fishers Island, with a reception immediately following, and is a benefit to launch the New London Maritime Society’s restoration campaign for Race Rock Light. The campaign follows on the conditions assessment and preservation plan for Race Rock prepared by architects Walter Sedovic and Jill Gotthelf of Walter Sedovic Architects.

Where else but in New London can you visit inside three lighthouses?!

See you in the lantern room this summer.
Links to Lighthouse Summer events can be found at nlmaritimesociety.org.
Harbor Light tickets https://bpt.me/5456622
Ledge Light tickets https://ledgelight.bpt.me
Race Rock tickets will be posted later this summer.
Promotion of Lighthouse Summer is made possible by a sponsorship by CT Humanities.
In 1983 the New London Maritime Society was formed by citizens who stopped an impending federal sale to keep NL’s US Custom House intact and accessible. Today, we run a local maritime history museum, provide a free education program in NL Public Schools, and preserve the custom house and three area lighthouses.
The Custom House Maritime Museum / New London Maritime Society is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
The Mission of the New London Maritime Society (NLMS) is to protect and preserve New London’s U.S. Custom House, three area lighthouses, and Long Island Sound, and to promote, interpret, and celebrate the maritime life & deep history of the port of New London and the surrounding region through museum exhibitions, educational programs, and preservation initiatives.
New London Maritime Society – local friendly authentic
Telling the stories of New London’s waterfront
& preserving four historic maritime sites
Custom House Maritime Museum
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