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National Lighthouse Day tours offered

The nonprofit groups that operate lighthouses open to the public will be marking National Lighthouse Day on Sunday.

At one, the Fire Island Lighthouse, the price for tower tours is being reduced on Sunday by $1. At other lighthouses, tour guides will be taking note of the special day.

Among them is the Huntington Lighthouse, where “we will be telling people about National Lighthouse Day and what it means to lighthouse preservation around the country and raising awareness about the importance of saving lighthouses,” said Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society president Pam Setchell.

Her group will be offering tours that will depart Gold Star Batallion Beach every 45 minutes from 11 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children under 12 and $20 for a family of four. Children under 5 are not permitted.

The proceeds will go to the ongoing restoration of the lighthouse and the needed replacement of the boulders in the rock foundation supporting the structure. Call 631-421-1985 for more information.

At the Fire Island Lighthouse, the cost of tower tours offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be $6 for adults and $3 for seniors (62 and older) and children under 12. The Keeper’s Quarters museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the new Fire Island Light Station Lens Building housing the original First Order Fresnel lens will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission.

Historically Significant Structures, the group that owns the Execution Rocks Lighthouse in Long Island Sound off Sands Point, will be giving tours that leave on an excursion boat from the Town Dock in Port Washington starting at 10 a.m. The price is $75. Call 215-906-5103 or email morrisoncraig@yahoo.com for information and reservations.

Above: Fire Island Lighthouse
 

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