The Montauk Point Lighthouse is one of Long Island's great landmarks. The lighthouse was authorized by Congress in 1792 under George Washington. Construction started on June 7, 1796, and was completed just about five months later on Nov. 5 - remarkably fast for the day. Stone came across the sound from Connecticut (Middletown, to be exact), and the builder, John McComb Jr., went on to construct other celebrated New York landmarks, such as Gracie Mansion (1799) and City Hall (1803).
Montauk Point Lighthouse shortly after sunrise Monday morning. (June 21, 2010)
The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on the longest day of the year. (June 21, 2010)
SATURDAY: SWITCH ON
See thousands of lights decorating the historic 1796 Montauk Point Lighthouse, turned on to usher in the holiday season, 4:30-7 p.m., with live music, a visit from Santa and refreshments.
INFO: Free, 631-668-2544, montauklighthouse.org