An advisory committee to the National Park Service has recommended that the Montauk Point Lighthouse be designated a national landmark, a key step toward making it the eighth such site in Suffolk County.
On Thursday the National Park System Advisory Board Landmarks Committee met in Washington and decided to make the recommendation, which could be acted upon later this year.
Long a goal of the Montauk Historical Society, the effort to designate the lighthouse as a national historic landmark got a boost this year from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).
Gillibrand called the lighthouse — the oldest in New York State, built in 1796 and one of the first seacoast lighthouses authorized by Congress — “an iconic part of the landscape of Suffolk County.”
Bishop said his family can trace its roots in eastern Suffolk to the 1600s, and that preserving the lighthouse would mean he could show it to his grandchildren the same way his grandfather showed it to him.
Such a designation can also potentially make funds available for lighthouse preservation.
The seven sites in Suffolk that are designated national landmarks are:
* The Old Whalers church in Sag Harbor
* The Fort Corchaug archaeological site in Cutchogue
* The Thomas Moran House in East Hampton
* The William Sydney Mount House in Stony Brook
* The Old House in Cutchogue
* The Jackson Pollock House and Studio in East Hampton
* The oyster sloop Priscilla, docked at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville
Above, a view of the Montauk Point Lighthouse from Camp Hero State Park.