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Six Long Island lighthouses are part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act

THE ACT: Transfers lighthouses to federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofits, educational groups and community development organizations that apply to take over stewardship of the structures.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be financially able to maintain the lighthouse and must make the station available for educational, recreational, cultural or historic preservation purposes.

Stepping Stones Light

Location: Off Kings Point

Building: Three-story tower, red brick and granite trim

Year built/lit: 1875-1876, lit in 1877

Status: Owned by Town of North Hempstead

Execution Rocks Light Station

Location: Off Sands Point

Building: Six stories, granite

Year built: 1848-49

Status: Owned by Historically Significant Structures Inc., a Philadelphia nonprofit.

Huntington Harbor Light

Location: West side of entrance to Huntington Harbor

Building: One-story dwelling, two-story tower

Year built: 1857

Status: Under 30-year lease with Huntington Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society, which is seeking to take over the deed through the national act.

Little Gull Island Light Station

Location: Seven miles east of Orient Point

Building: Five-story, 81-foot conical granite tower marking one of most dangerous waterways in the Northeast

Year built: 1869

Status: Being sold at auction in 2012 because no suitable applicant was found.

Orient Point Light

Location: Near Orient Point

Building: Six levels, including two watch decks and three floors of living quarters

Year built: 1899

Status: Tours available, applications being accepted for ownership.

Race Rocks Light Station

Location: The Race, a narrows between Fishers Island and the northeastern tip of Long Island

Building: 67-foot high tower plus light keeper's dwelling built by engineer Francis Hopkinson Smith

Year built: 1871-1878

Status: Tours available, applications being accepted for ownership.

Source: National Park Service

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