Cedar Island Light

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Cedar Island Light is a lighthouse in Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton, New York. It overlooks Gardiners Bay.


The United States purchased Cedar Island in 1834, for $200.[1] The property, then described as a "sandspit", was three acres.

The 40 foot granite lighthouse was decommissioned in 1934 and replaced by an automatic light on a steel skeleton at breakwater. The lighthouse, built in the Italianate style, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

The United States Treasury sought buyers for the Island in 1936.[1] By 1936 erosion had reduced its area to just under one acre.

In 1961 Mrs Winthrop C. Bradley, the owner of the property, sued her neighbors, after they locked her from accessing a trail to the property.[3] Her property had been reconnected to Long Island, by drifting sand, and, for the the last 18 years, she had accessed her property using a trail that crossed her neighbors property. But, in 1961, they placed locks on the gates to that trail. They told the courts that Tradespeople hired by Mrs Bradley were using the trail too frequently, causing too much damage in an environmentally sensitive area.


The Archives Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has a collection (#1055) of souvenir postcards of lighthouses and has digitized 272 of these and made them available online. These include postcards of Cedar Island Light[4] with links to customized nautical charts provided by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.


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