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Eatons Neck Lighthouse
Location Station Eatons Neck, Eatons Neck Point at Huntington Bay and Long Island Sound off NY 25A, Huntington, New York
Coordinates 40°57′14.5″N 73°23′42.5″W / 40.954028°N 73.395139°W / 40.954028; -73.395139Coordinates: 40°57′14.5″N 73°23′42.5″W / 40.954028°N 73.395139°W / 40.954028; -73.395139
Year first constructed 1798
Year first lit 1799
Automated 1961
Deactivated Active
Foundation Dressed Stone/Timber
Construction Fieldstone with brick lining
Tower shape Octagonal pyramidal
Height 73 feet (22 m)
Focal height 144 feet (44 m)
Original lens 12 Lamps, 13-inch (330 mm) Reflectors (1838)
Current lens Third Order Fresnel lens
Range 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
Characteristic Fixed white light
Fog signal Fog horn (3 s blast every 30 s)
Admiralty number J0872
ARLHS number USA-264
USCG number 1-21325

Eatons Neck Light has served as a navigational aid since its construction in 1798. Designed by John McComb, Jr., it is one of only two 18th century lighthouses still standing in New York State, the other is the Montauk Point Light.

Chronology of lighthouse

1798, March 14: $13,250 was appropriated for the lighthouse to be built.
1798, June 16: Ten acres were bought from John Gardiner for $500.
1798, July 2: President John Adams authorized construction of the light.
1798, December 6: Construction of the lighthouse was completed.
1799, January 1: The light was first lit.
1837: An inspection found the light to be defective. The light was not visible at 10 miles (16 km).
1838: Twelve lamps with 13-inch reflectors were installed to improve the visibility of the light.
1842: 9-inch (230 mm) reflectors were installed.
1850: Thirteen lamps with 15-inch (380 mm) reflectors were installed.
1858: A new lantern and a third order Fresnel lens were installed.
1867, March 2: Congress approved funds needed to renovate the lighthouse.
1868: Renovations completed included the replacing the old wooden stairs with iron stairs with landings, the interior walls were lined with brick, the :keeper's quarters were expanded and the steam fog signal was installed.
1880: The keeper's quarters were renovated.
1907: The oil lamp was replaced with an oil vapor lamp.
1921: The light was electrified.
1961: The light was automated.
-- Data from the United States Coast Guard

The lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

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