Saturday, November 1, 2008
Happy Birthday, Fire Island Lighthouse
When the first lighthouse built on Fire Island in 1826 proved too short to be effective, Congress authorized a replacement. The beacon atop the 168-foot tower was illuminated Nov. 1, 1858, an event that will be commemorated this weekend with a 150th birthday celebration.
The schedule of free events includes a 150th anniversary ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday with a birthday cake that guests will be able to sample. There also will be ranger-led walks, exhibitions of crafts such as decoy carving, tower tours, sea chantey singing, book signings, and Coast Guard boat and helicopter rescue demonstrations.
Fire Island celebrates lighthouse's 150th anniversary