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Name: Faulkner's Island Light   Map it!

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Also known as: Falkner's Island Light

Also known as: Falkner Island Light

Nearest Town or City:
Guilford, Connecticut, United States

Location: Long Island Sound, about 3 1/2 miles south of Guilford.

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Managing Organization:
Faulkner's Light Brigade

Telephone: 203-453-8400


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 444
Connecticut, 06437, United States

Faulkner's Island Light is Connecticut's second oldest lighthouse and the state's only active lighthouse on an island. The keeper's house was destroyed by fire in 1976. After the light was automated in 1978, the tower fell into disrepair. Local residents started the Faulkner's Light Brigade in 1991 to save the lighthouse. A $200,000 renovation was completed in late 1999. Erosion control methods are being implemented by the Army Corps of Engineers; the lighthouse is a little more than 30 feet from the edge of a bluff.

Tower Height: 46

Height of Focal Plane: 94

Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every 10 seconds.

Description of Tower: White, octagonal brownstone tower with brick lining.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1922 fog signal building, boathouse (c. 1940), observation shelter, two cisterns.

Date Established: 1802

Date Present Tower Built: 1802

Date Automated: 1978

Optics: c. 1838: 12 lamps and reflectors; 1840: 9 lamps and 16

Fog Signal: 1873: Bell with striking machinery; 1880: First class steam whistle; 1902: First class compressed air siren; 1939: air-diaphragm horn; now automatic horn.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, in wildlife refuge.

Open To Public? No.

Faulkner's Light Brigade holds an open house each September, call (203) 453-8400 for information. Visitors must provide their own boat transportation. Access to the island is restricted during the tern nesting season from May to August.

The lighthouse can be seen distantly from Guilford. From I-95 north or south: Take exit 58 and follow CT 77 (Church St.) into Guilford Center. Turn right on Broad Street, then left on Whitfield and follow to a marina with free parking. The lighthouse can be seen to the south.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Joseph Griffing (1802-1812); Solomon Stone, Jr. (1812-1818); Eli Kimberly (1818-1851); Oliver N. Brooks (1851-1882); William Jones (1882-c. 1890); Frank Parmelee (assistant, c. 1884-?); Ernest Hermann (1890-1901); Howard Poe (1901-1909); James Boyce (assistant, c. 1905); William J. Hannighan (assistant, 1906); Conrad Hawk (assistant, c. 1909); Elmer T. Rathbun (1909-1911); Frederick R. Campbell (assistant, 1912-1913); Arthur Jensen (1911-1916); Edward M. Grant (assistant, 1914); Herbert L. Greenwood (1916-1919); Leonard Fuller (1919-1924); William Hartwick (assistant, c. 1920); Samuel Fuller (1924-?); Robert L. Howard (c. 1927-1928); Arthur J. Minzner (assistant, c. 1928); George Zuius (1935-1941); Harold Burbine (Coast Guard, c. 1940s), Stephen Talgo (Coast Guard, c. 1940s); William Parker (Coast Guard asst. 1945-1946); Robert Baranksi (Coast Guard 1957-1958); Jim Marshall (Coast Guard, 1958-1962); James Overton (Coast Guard officer in charge c. late 1960s); Robert Ewing (Coast Guard, c. 1965); Steve Martin (Coast Guard 1966-1970); Tony Fox (Coast Guard, c. 1973); John Von Ogden (Coast Guard, 1975-1976); Mark Robinson (Coast Guard Officer in Charge 1975-1976)

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