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Fire Island Lighthouse lens returns home

This display building under construction will house the

This display building under construction will house the Fire Island Lighthouse's original Fresnel lens, which is back at the lighthouse for the first time since 1933. (March 8, 2011) Photo Credit: Carl Corry

On Tuesday morning the original first-order Fresnel lens of the Fire Island Lighthouse returned to Fire Island for the first time since it was removed in 1933 and lent to a Philadelphia museum.

It was transported in 31 boxes by a caravan of National Park Service vehicles from storage at the William Floyd Estate to a Fire Island National Seashore building for restoration. It will then be installed in a new display building adjacent to the lighthouse.

A dedication ceremony marking the new building's completion is expected for some time in July.

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