“Keeping It Lit”
Southold Historical Society’s New Exhibit Opens
at the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse
Southold Historical Society is eager to once again welcome visitors to the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse this season. Beginning May 25, the museum will reopen for the season. For the past several years, the Society has transformed the Baymen’s Room into a seasonal exhibit space. This season’s exhibit, “Keeping It Lit” features the careers of the Ten Horton Point Lighthouse Keepers. Horton Point Lighthouse was constructed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1857. The lighthouse was managed by several men and one woman during its history until its automation in 1933. The tower was repaired internally and externally, reopened, and relit in 1990.
Horton Point Lighthouse is one of seven historic lighthouses located in Southold Township. The tower and adjoining keeper’s residence are built on the “Cliff Lot” of Barnabas Horton’s original 1640 land grant. The tower is 58 feet tall and once held a 3rd order Fresnel lens. The Society maintains a museum in the first floor of the former keeper’s house. Visitors can also climb the tower for spectacular views of Long Island Sound and Connecticut.
The Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse is open May 25 to September 22, 2019 on Saturdays, Sundays and Monday Holidays from 11:30am-4pm. Suggested admission is $5 per adult, $10 per family which entitles visitors to a passport which can be also be used for admission to the Society’s Museum Complex (open June 29 to September 22, 2019).
For more information on any other society programs, please call 631.765.5500 or visit www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org.