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1998 Kristin Erin Scroope. All rights reserved. Images may not be used or reproduced
without expressed written permission.
The first beacon constructed
on Long Island was on the eastern tip of the south fork. Montauk light was one of the
first federally funded marine projects approved by George Washington in 1796. The original
construction was made on Turtle Hill some 300 feet from the raging Atlantic. Now, in less
than 200 years, the 300 foot distance has been considerably shortened. Engineers of the
time thought the Montauk light would last 200 years; their estimate may not be that far
off the mark.
Lighthouse Viewing Guide