Cedar Island Lighthouse
This is the lighthouse we
hope to save...
and vandalism, as shown
above, is one of the reasons it needs our help.
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Your help is needed!
Restore Cedar Island Lighthouse's 1902 Brick Oil House
Chapter has received approval of the plan to restore the Cedar Island
lighthouse's 1902 brick oil house from the Suffolk County Parks Department,
which owns the lighthouse. The oil house, badly beaten by the elements and
vandals, is in danger of losing its historic integrity unless restored this
year. Respected preservation contractor Walter DeGroot has
developed the restoration plan that began to be implemented in the Fall of
2003. $20,000 is needed to restore and protect this only remaining outbuilding at
the station. You
can help by making a donation.
Watch for further updates as progress at the lighthouse continues to be
September 13, 2002 the Cedar Island Lighthouse was approved for inclusion on
the National Register of Historic Places.
March 23, 2002
Press Release - Partnership with Suffolk County Parks Department Announced
for the Restoration of the
Cedar Island Lighthouse.
information about the lighthouse at
Also visit the
Suffolk County Parks Department website for more information about the
http://www.co.suffolk.ny.us/exec/parks/cedarpt.html for information
about the Cedar Point County Park.
Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce
website for information about
the nearby Port of Sag Harbor.
The Friends of Cedar Island Lighthouse
have become the Cedar Island Lighthouse Committee of the Long Island Chapter of the US
Lighthouse Society. The Long Island Chapter of the US Lighthouse
Society was founded by
the members of FOCIL in 2000 to give strong backing to preservation concerns in the area.
The Chapter's successes and growing reputation will be used to help save the Cedar Island
The Cedar Island Light is a beautiful
structure with a long history. It deserves to be protected and restored. An attempt at
restoration in the late 1980s failed. Based on articles from that time and the words of
some people who were involved, the reasons seem to be lack of preparation, questionable
motives, infighting, and a lack of cooperation with, and respect for, government
agencies. When another attempt is made, it needs to be a well planned cooperative effort
free of ego conflicts. As with any venture, having good people will provide a solid
foundation for our work.
Here are the general goals of our
- Assess and document the current condition of the
Cedar Island lighthouse.
- Identify stabilization and preservation priorities.
- Research the history of this light as fully as
- Document every detail of this light's past and
- Have the light placed on the National Register of
- Promote the awareness of the past, present and
possible futures of the Cedar Island light station.
- Seek out others who may be interested in helping us
find a way to save the lighthouse, and provide a "support group" for the
frustrated fans of this wonderful structure.
- Establish effective, working lines of communication
between everyone involved.
Here are some ways in which we are
working to accomplish these things:
- We have contacted the Suffolk County Parks
Commissioner with the intention of beginning a dialogue. The Commissioner has responded
favorably and is willing to meet with us after Labor Day 2001. This is an important step.
- We have photographed the existing property and
structures in as much detail as possible. Videotape, with commentary, will be used as a
supplementary form of documentation. Damage from neglect and vandalism have been noted in
detail. This will all be done within the general guidelines set forth in the Historic
Lighthouse Preservation Handbook and other relevant publications. These assessments will
be compared to any existing previous assessments and will also be used to identify
stabilization and preservation priorities.
- We are researching the history of this light as
thoroughly as possible by contacting and/or visiting any place which may contain
information or any person whom possesses a knowledge of this light station.
- To promote an awareness of this light, we will use
the internet, local newspapers, and any opportunities that may arise. Whatever helps to
make the plight of the Cedar Island light better known to the general public will be
- We can talk to family, friends and co-workers about
the light. We can post on message boards and newsgroups. We can find more folks just by
looking around us.
- We will strive to work with all agencies, both
governmental and non-governmental, keeping the best interests of the Cedar Island light in
mind. We will make communication and cooperation high priorities.
We need volunteers to do the following:
- Conduct research - This can be
through federal agencies, local libraries, newspapers, and historical societies.
Assistance will be available to anyone willing to take on some research responsibilities.
- Letter-writers will be important in this part
of the program - Once we have a solid foundation of information, we will need to
begin to make others aware of the light's beauty, history and current state.
- Plan and run fundraisers.
In order to avoid the burn-out that
comes with such projects, we try to make our work fun. The Chapter sponsors a variety of events throughout the year, and our volunteer groups are
encouraged to be creative and enjoy themselves.
Some people refer to the light as the
Cedar Point Light. We do not. The structure that stands at Cedar Point ceased to be a
lighthouse four years before the 1938 hurricane created the peninsula upon which it
currently resides. The only light that has ever adorned Cedar Point is the faceless
skeleton tower which took over in 1934. THAT is the Cedar Point Light. Also,
referring to the
light as Cedar Island rather than Cedar Point reminds us, and others, that this light has a legacy that goes back to
a time before many of us were born.
Perhaps at this point you're thinking
"Fine, but what can I do?" Simple. Join us.
Send us e-mail, call us, or write us a letter. Please
include your name, town of residence, e-mail address and any other information you feel to
be important. Any information you provide will not be given to "outside" people
- There are a variety of tasks that need to be
completed if we are to save this lighthouse. If you've seen the Cedar Island
yourself, or know its story, then you know it's in trouble and needs help. Please join us.
- Bob Scroope
- Mike Seewald
- Bob Muller
- Theresia Sanchez
- Kristin Scroope
For more images showing the Cedar
Island Lighthouse's current condition, see
June 26, 1999 Photos.
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