It might not look like much now, but a nonprofit group hopes the Execution Rocks Lighthouse will draw a steady stream of visitors and overnight B&B guests when it's transformed into a tourist beacon with sweeping views of Long Island Sound.
"It needs a little bit of work," said Craig Morrison, president of Historically Significant Structures Inc., a Philadelphia preservation group that in January received the deed to the 1850 structure from the federal government. Walking past a section of deteriorating plaster wall on the first public visit to the site a mile off Sands Point, he added, "We got it just in time."
"A little bit of work" translates to a restoration project estimated to cost more than $1.2 million and least more than five years. When it's done, Execution Rocks would be the first Long Island lighthouse to allow regularly scheduled overnight stays.