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Stonington Harbor Light was once the beacon for the many vessels approaching Stonington’s harbor from Long Island Sound. The original 30-foot stone tower, which was built at the southern most point of land in Stonington to mark the harbor entrance in 1823, supported a lantern containing ten oil lamps and parabolic reflectors. Its beacon was visible 12 miles at sea.
During the next few years, however, storms and shore erosion took their toll on the exposed site. In 1840 the structure was dismantled and these materials were used to build a new tower and keeper’s dwelling on the present site. The light remained active until 1889 when a beacon was installed on the outer end of a new breakwater protecting the harbor entrance.
Stonington’s lighthouse became the museum of the Stonington Historical Society in 1927.
I have always liked this image but, unfortunately, the scan from the original 35mm transparency is somewhat soft. Soft scans actually work rather well when creating the vintage look as the negatives from the old days were no where near as sharp and detail-filled as our current digital files.
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