Montauk Lighthouse

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark perched overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the top of Turtle Hill, the easternmost point of land on Long Island. The lighthouse is an operational Aid To Navigation and also has a Gift Shop and Museum owned and operated by the Montauk Historical Society, a private 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization. The lighthouse is maintained and preserved entirely through admission fees, gift shop sales, and private donations. Follow us on social media: https://www.instagram.com/mtk_lighthouse/ https://twitter.com/MTKLighthouse

The property will be closing at 3 PM today. Weather permitting, our usual hours (10:30 to 4:30) will resume tomorrow, Ma...
04/30/2019

The property will be closing at 3 PM today. Weather permitting, our usual hours (10:30 to 4:30) will resume tomorrow, May 1st. Thank you for your cooperation!

Yesterday’s storms have blown away, giving us a beautiful blue sky. Come see it for yourself!
04/27/2019

Yesterday’s storms have blown away, giving us a beautiful blue sky. Come see it for yourself!

It’s a long way to the top! Construction is underway at the Montauk Point Lighthouse. Be sure to watch this page for u...
04/23/2019

It’s a long way to the top! Construction is underway at the Montauk Point Lighthouse. Be sure to watch this page for updates!

The Montauk Point Lighthouse Gift Shop is open TODAY! It will remain open until tomorrow, Sunday the 24th. Access to the...
03/23/2019

The Montauk Point Lighthouse Gift Shop is open TODAY! It will remain open until tomorrow, Sunday the 24th.
Access to the grounds and self-guided tower tour will also be available on Sunday the 24th, but the museum is currently CLOSED for renovations.

We can’t maintain this piece of history without you! Donations can be made at the admissions gate, online at our website, or through mail by check – and every ticket sold goes towards keeping the Lighthouse in working order!

We’re looking forward to an exciting year! From tower repairs to the expansion of our rock revetment, Montauk Point Li...
03/14/2019

We’re looking forward to an exciting year! From tower repairs to the expansion of our rock revetment, Montauk Point Lighthouse is about to transform in the best way possible. Keep an eye on this page for updates on our progress!
We plan to open on Saturday, March 23rd, weather and construction permitting. For a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Lighthouse in a state of change, be sure to visit us this year.
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Starting on Saturday, February 16th, our Gift Shop will be open for special off-season hours! Beat the summer crowds unt...
02/15/2019

Starting on Saturday, February 16th, our Gift Shop will be open for special off-season hours! Beat the summer crowds until the 24th, when the doors will close to prepare for the new season.
Hours of Operation:
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, weather permitting.
Saturday, February 16 – Sunday, February 24th, 2018.

Our property may be closed for the winter, but there's still a lot to do at the Point!Walk the gorgeous nature trails to...
02/07/2019

Our property may be closed for the winter, but there's still a lot to do at the Point!
Walk the gorgeous nature trails to observe the seals at the Seal Haul-out trail, or explore the area around Money Pond to find a breathtaking sunset. No matter where you go, you'll find new angles of our Lighthouse that you've never seen before!
For more information about Montauk Point State Park, visit their website at https://parks.ny.gov/parks/61/, or call (631) 668-3781.
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The government shutdown has been a trying time for families all over the country, including local members of the Coast G...
01/18/2019

The government shutdown has been a trying time for families all over the country, including local members of the Coast Guard. Fortunately, the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, a fellow non-profit organization, has stepped in to help. They are currently accepting GIFT CARDS, CANNED GOODS, and TOILETRIES for families in need.
Donations can be made to American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett from 2:00 to 7:00 PM.
The Lighthouse has already donated 1,000 USD of gift cards to those in need. If you have anything to give, please join us in supporting those affected by this prolonged shutdown.
Thank you!

Join our historian Henry Osmers and several other distinguished guests for Winter Lecture Series 2019: From Land and Sea...
01/05/2019

Join our historian Henry Osmers and several other distinguished guests for Winter Lecture Series 2019: From Land and Sea! Mr. Osmers will be discussing the troubled past of Montauk's tumultuous sea, and the many shipwrecks that have occurred in our waters.

12/28/2018
A Peek Into the Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters | The East Hampton Star

Here's a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Lighthouse of old! Recent renovations have uncovered features that haven’t been seen for many years. The East Hampton Star featured these discoveries in a fascinating article, which can be read in full at the link below.
https://www.easthamptonstar.com/News/4/Peek-Lighthouse-Keeper%e2%80%99s-Quarters

As the Montauk Historical Society looks ahead to two big projects at the Montauk Lighthouse — the $24 million rebuilding of the revetment protecting it from the ocean’s ravages and a tower renovation that could start as early as next year — a more modest renovation underway now is offering a g...

We are so thrilled to announce that our page has reached the 7,000 subscriber milestone!2018 was a great year for breaki...
12/21/2018

We are so thrilled to announce that our page has reached the 7,000 subscriber milestone!
2018 was a great year for breaking our personal records, including on-site attendance for our annual Lighting of the Lighthouse event. We can't wait to see what 2019 has in store!
Please continue sharing our posts so people from all across the world can take in the beauty of our beloved Lighthouse.

Still looking for that perfect last-minute gift idea? Our museum gift shop will be open on Saturday the 22nd from 11 AM ...
12/20/2018

Still looking for that perfect last-minute gift idea? Our museum gift shop will be open on Saturday the 22nd from 11 AM to 2 PM! From Christmas ornaments to functioning replicas of sailing must-haves, the Montauk Point Lighthouse Gift Shop has something for everyone.
We hope to see all of our visitors again in 2018! Happy holidays, and have a wonderful New Year. 🌟

Our gift shop has wonderful holiday presents for the Lighthouse buffs in your family!
12/07/2018

Our gift shop has wonderful holiday presents for the Lighthouse buffs in your family!

Shop locally at the Montauk Lighthouse Gift Shop weekends until Christmas... or visit our online SHOP anytime!! montauklighthouse.com

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This year, over FIVE THOUSAND people came to see our holiday lights turn on for the first night of the season!
12/06/2018

This year, over FIVE THOUSAND people came to see our holiday lights turn on for the first night of the season!

To all of our visitors: Thank you for a wonderful 2018 season! The property is closed for the winter, but our holiday li...
12/06/2018

To all of our visitors: Thank you for a wonderful 2018 season! The property is closed for the winter, but our holiday lights will remain lit until January 6th.
We will reopen on St. Patrick's Day weekend, weather permitting.
See you in 2019!

Happy holidays! ❄️Special thanks to the distinguished Ecker family, who served as our guests of honor. It was our pl...
11/24/2018

Happy holidays! ❄️
Special thanks to the distinguished Ecker family, who served as our guests of honor. It was our pleasure to have you present our lighting this year.
Visit our property tomorrow until 3:00 PM to meet Santa Claus in the parlor. See you there!
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It’s almost time! Come to the Lighthouse for live music and plenty of holiday spirit. 🎄
11/24/2018

It’s almost time! Come to the Lighthouse for live music and plenty of holiday spirit. 🎄

The lights are being switched on TODAY at 5:15! Don’t miss this holiday tradition! 🎄The gates will open at 4:30. Be...
11/24/2018

The lights are being switched on TODAY at 5:15! Don’t miss this holiday tradition! 🎄
The gates will open at 4:30. Be sure to arrive on time to secure a parking space.
We’ll see you there!

The property will remain closed through tomorrow, November 16th, due to inclement weather. We will reopen on Saturday at...
11/15/2018

The property will remain closed through tomorrow, November 16th, due to inclement weather. We will reopen on Saturday at 10:30 AM. Stay warm! ❄️

PLEASE NOTE: Due to inclement weather, the property will be closing at 1:30 PM today (November 2nd, 2018). Additionally,...
11/02/2018

PLEASE NOTE: Due to inclement weather, the property will be closing at 1:30 PM today (November 2nd, 2018).
Additionally, we will remain closed through November 3rd because of dangerously high winds.
Thank you for your continued interest in the Lighthouse!

The Kings of the Coast visited our Lighthouse to seek out Abigail's treasure!Beautiful weather and a thrilling performan...
10/29/2018

The Kings of the Coast visited our Lighthouse to seek out Abigail's treasure!
Beautiful weather and a thrilling performance made for the perfect Saturday afternoon. We're looking forward to your next conquest, mateys!

There’s still time to see the pirates today! Two more shows are scheduled for 1:30 and 2:30. Come hunt some treasure b...
10/28/2018

There’s still time to see the pirates today! Two more shows are scheduled for 1:30 and 2:30. Come hunt some treasure by the Lighthouse... If you DARE. ☠️

Due to hazardous weather conditions, we will be closed on Saturday, October 26th. Stay safe and dry, everyone!
10/26/2018

Due to hazardous weather conditions, we will be closed on Saturday, October 26th. Stay safe and dry, everyone!

Come watch the leaves change during our new fall hours! For the remainder of October, we will be closed on Tuesdays, Wed...
10/06/2018

Come watch the leaves change during our new fall hours! For the remainder of October, we will be closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Tickets will be sold until 4:00 PM, and the property will shut down at 4:30. See you there!

There may be a chill in the air, but the #Montauk scenery is as beautiful as ever!
10/05/2018

There may be a chill in the air, but the #Montauk scenery is as beautiful as ever!

The 80th Anniversary of the 1938 Hurricane“There is no more Montauk – it is completely washed off the map!” a resi...
09/23/2018

The 80th Anniversary of the 1938 Hurricane

“There is no more Montauk – it is completely washed off the map!” a resident of East Hampton said.

The Hurricane of 1938 (hurricanes were not given proper names until the 1950s) is the one all others are measured against on Long Island. Referred to as the “Long Island Express,” and the “Great New England Hurricane,” it unleashed its fury on Long Island during the afternoon of September 21st.

As many hurricanes do, this one formed off the coast of Africa on September 9 and gradually became a Category 5 before making landfall as a Category 3 event in the mid-afternoon of September 21st with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. Winds reached 150 miles per hour in some places, with waves surging as high as 35 feet.

Because the US did not have a reliable forecasting system back then, the full extent of the storm’s force came as a complete surprise to the unsuspecting residents of eastern Long Island.

The surging waters isolated sections of Montauk, the most serious at Napeague, where the bay and ocean met, cutting off travel by car and rail to and from Montauk for a couple of days. The ocean made 3 separate breaks across the dunes in Montauk. At the State Park it crossed the highway and again at Second House. At Ditch Plains the sea washed up around the Coast Guard Station and washed several feet of sand across the road for about 200 feet.
Montauk teens who were attending East Hampton High School could not get back home and were taken in by local families for the night. Trees were down everywhere, including many of the great elm trees along Main Street.

More than anyone, it was the fishermen who suffered the greatest loss as a result of the hurricane. About 150 of them were now homeless, not to mention the extensive loss or damage to their fishing boats and equipment. The storm came close to nearly destroying Montauk’s chief industry.

Six homes ended up in Fort Pond. Electric power was lost, and several miles of Long Island Railroad track at or near Montauk were destroyed, with the roadbed itself obliterated in several spots at Montauk. Nearly thirty boats were washed ashore, some as much as 300 feet inland.

The old fishing village on the shores of Fort Pond Bay was hit especially hard, nearly being completely wiped out, with over 200 homeless. Most of the Montauk station of the Long Island Railroad was blown down, the Theatre Building and White’s Pharmacy were washed out, and Duryea’s ice house destroyed. Children in the Montauk School were taken in my nearby neighbors and sheltered for the night.

Prominent landmarks in Montauk now gone, survived with minor damage. Lathrop Brown’s windmill cottage (now part of Camp Hero State Park) just west of Montauk Point Lighthouse, had minimal damage. The Sandpiper Hill estate (today’s Rheinstein Park and Shadmoor State Park areas) windmill’s blades caused some property damage. The Wyandannee Hotel on the Old Montauk Highway near the Lighthouse rode out the storm well, having its own power source. One man, reported missing, was found in his room after the storm passed. He slept through the entire event!

The mighty Montauk Lighthouse withstood an attack of 150 mile per hour winds, terrifying the three keepers and their families. Two families rode out the storm, huddled inside the tower’s 6-foot-thick walls. The other family huddled in the basement of the house until the storm passed. The house sustained damage to roof shingles and some windows, and the range light positioned on the balcony of the tower to warn of Shagwong Reef was severely damaged.

In all, twelve people were swept away during the storm, never to be found. Their names are included among those on the Lost at Sea Memorial on the grounds of the Montauk Lighthouse.

By 5 pm the eye was over western Massachusetts and reached Vermont by 6 p.m. The storm began to lose its hurricane characteristics as it continued into northern Vermont, but still had hurricane winds. It crossed into Quebec by 10 pm, finally dissipating over northern Ontario a few days later.

There are some here who lived through that storm and still remember those frantic and terrifying hours, some wondering about the whereabouts of loved ones both at sea and on land. Children from Montauk who attended East Hampton HS who were unable to return home the rest of that day, wondering about their family and friends, as were the family and friends in Montauk concerned about their children in East Hampton. The searching for those reported missing, with some tragic results. The incredible losses of property and businesses, and, for a time, the ability to travel from point A to point B. However, in a tragedy, people come together, as they did in Montauk and every other community affected by the horrors of the storm.

Younger people may recall hurricanes such as Gloria in 1985, Bob in 1991, and Sandy in 2012. Each affected this community in its own way, but none have attacked with a greater fury nor caused more destruction than the Hurricane of September 21, 1938.

What a gorgeous sky! The weather is perfect for a weekend visit to the Lighthouse.#montauk
09/22/2018

What a gorgeous sky! The weather is perfect for a weekend visit to the Lighthouse.
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Remember, the property is closing at 4:00 PM today ONLY, with the final tickets being sold at 3:30. Be sure to arrive so...
09/16/2018

Remember, the property is closing at 4:00 PM today ONLY, with the final tickets being sold at 3:30. Be sure to arrive soon if you want to climb the tower!

We will be closing at 4:00 PM tomorrow for a special event. If you plan on visiting, please arrive before 3:30. Thank you for your continued support!

Our friends at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge came to visit on September 16th. As always, the experience was educational and...
09/16/2018

Our friends at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge came to visit on September 16th. As always, the experience was educational and thrilling!

We will be closing at 4:00 PM tomorrow for a special event. If you plan on visiting, please arrive before 3:30. Thank yo...
09/15/2018

We will be closing at 4:00 PM tomorrow for a special event. If you plan on visiting, please arrive before 3:30. Thank you for your continued support!

As always, Quogue Wildlife Refuge put on an amazing show for our guests! We’ll see you next year, Hooter!
09/15/2018

As always, Quogue Wildlife Refuge put on an amazing show for our guests! We’ll see you next year, Hooter!

09/15/2018

Starting at 1:30, there will be a SECOND show with the birds of prey! Be sure to come meet these amazing animals. 🦉❤️

We are so delighted to have our feathered (and human!) guests from Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The weather is perfect for a ...
09/15/2018

We are so delighted to have our feathered (and human!) guests from Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The weather is perfect for a truly thrilling visit! 🦅

The Birds of Prey are visiting RIGHT NOW! There’s still time to come visit these beautiful birds and see them up close...
09/15/2018

The Birds of Prey are visiting RIGHT NOW! There’s still time to come visit these beautiful birds and see them up close. 🦉

The Montauk Point Lighthouse and all who are her stewards will always remember and never forget🇺🇸
09/11/2018

The Montauk Point Lighthouse and all who are her stewards will always remember and never forget🇺🇸

This was a truly incredible event. All of our performers - including surprise guest Paul Simon - enchanted guests like n...
08/29/2018

This was a truly incredible event. All of our performers - including surprise guest Paul Simon - enchanted guests like never before. From the bottom of our hearts, we at the Montauk Point Lighthouse would like to thank everyone involved!

08/28/2018
Aerial Pros: Aerial Photography and Cinematography

Aerial Pros: Aerial Photography and Cinematography

Well! What a night! Thank's out to Montauk Kenny for reaching out to me to film this event! You never told me that Paul Simon was going to jump out on to the stage and "Rock the Lighthouse"! What a treat! This is why I love my job! It was an amazing experience and I was happy to be a part of the Montauk Community! Such a great event and cause! The Montauk Lighthouse and it's history will live on! Paul Simon, if you read this post- thank you for the treat of my life! Great Job Kenny!
All the best,
Anthony

Simon makes surprise appearance at LI fundraiser
08/27/2018
Simon makes surprise appearance at LI fundraiser

Simon makes surprise appearance at LI fundraiser

Simon serenaded the crowd Saturday with "Late in the Evening," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" and "You Can Call Me Al."

IT was a magical night at the lighthouse. Thank you to all that  attended.  A special thank you to  Susan and Kenny Gust...
08/26/2018

IT was a magical night at the lighthouse. Thank you to all that attended. A special thank you to Susan and Kenny Gustino and their team and to Jessica Lynn , Kate Usher, Tuatha Dea and Mr. Paul Simon. You were all incredible!

It’s almost time... 🎤🎶We’ll be closing the gate for general admission at 3 PM today to prepare for the concert...
08/25/2018

It’s almost time... 🎤🎶
We’ll be closing the gate for general admission at 3 PM today to prepare for the concert. For those with tickets to the event, bring your CONFIRMATION CODE with you, along with ID. Your tickets will be waiting for you at the gate!

UPDATE: We will be closing our gates for general admission at 3 PM tomorrow to prepare for the concert. Apologies for an...
08/24/2018

UPDATE: We will be closing our gates for general admission at 3 PM tomorrow to prepare for the concert. Apologies for any confusion! The gates will reopen at 5 PM so concert attendees can open.
We'll see you there!

We had an absolutely INCREDIBLE Lighthouse Weekend this year! Saturday alone set a record for attendance in spite of the...
08/23/2018

We had an absolutely INCREDIBLE Lighthouse Weekend this year! Saturday alone set a record for attendance in spite of the poor weather. We hope that everyone had as much fun as we did!

08/19/2018

Come see local artisans in action!
The process of spinning yarn is enchanting to watch. There are plenty of original crafts for sale today – including a miniature Lighthouse made of wool!

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Hours of Operation for 2018 - Weather Permitting: From October 8th to November 1st, we will be open Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Last tickets are sold at 4:00, so please arrive before then. Our November hours are available on WEEKENDS only. NOTICE: New York State Parks charges $8 per vehicle for parking. Adults: $11 per person Seniors: $8 per person (Age 62 and over) Children: $5 per person (41 inches and over) Children under 41 inches are NOT permitted to climb the tower. FLAT-SOLED SHOES are required for the tower climb. Security Policy: NO DRONES, NO BACK PACKS, NO LARGE BAGS, NO PICNIC BAGS, NO EXCEPTIONS. This policy is strictly enforced for your safety. Thank you for your full cooperation.

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