Built in 1882
On a ledge marking the entrance to Stamford Harbor.
|Latitude: 41° 00' 48" N
Longitude: 73° 32' 31" W
The entrance to Stamford Harbor contains many treacherous reefs. The Stamford Harbor lighthouse was built in 1882 to guide mariners into the harbor.
In 1931, Keeper Bliven, who had been missing for three days, leaving the lighthouse unattended, was found dead nearby with his boat. Although some believed his boat simply overturned, many suspected due to the head injuries discovered that he had been pushed off the lighthouse. No one was ever charged.
In 1939, Keeper Marty Sowle, who served from 1938 to 1953, rescued one of two men whose boat had sunk in an October storm. For his heroism, he received a Congressional Silver Medal.
Places to Visit Nearby:
If you driving to get a distant view of the lighthouse, there are some great opulent homes to see along lower Shippan and Ocean Drive routes.
- In Stamford, from Route 95 take Exit 8 to Elm Street,
- Take right at Jefferson Street,
- Take left at Magee Ave to the end which is at the Harbor and Shippan intersection
- Stay on Shippan then take a right onto Ocean Drive,
- Take right at Fairfield Ave,
- Park at the dead end to view the lighthouse from the tiny fishing beach and look to the left to get a distant view. Best views are from one of the boats passing by.
Stamford Historical Society
1508 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903
Telephone: (203) 329-1183
Local Boat Tour
Sound Navigation offers a variety of informative lighthouse tours underway on Long Island Sound, which includes the southwestern portion of Connecticut's coastline and the north shore of Long Island Sound. They also provide special sunset cruises and private charters. You'll enjoy up-close and personal views with Captain Barry of the many "Castles of Long Island Sound" from the deck of the Seaport Express.
Phone (203) 219-3688
Email Captain Barry: firstname.lastname@example.org