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Morgan Point Lighthouse

morgan point lighthouse

Noank (Groton), Connecticut
Built in 1831


 

Location:

West side of the mouth of the Mystic River. Privately Owned.

Latitude: 41° 19' 00" N
Longitude: 71° 59' 22" W

 

Historic Stories:

To help mariners enter the Mystic River and the harbor, the Morgan Point lighthouse was built in 1823.

The first keeper was Ezra Daboll, who stayed until his death in 1838. His position was then given to his wife Eliza, who became quite busy tending the lighthouse and raising six children on her own. She maintained the lighthouse until her death in 1854.

Silas Spicer, who became keeper in the 1850s, observed a burning vessel offshore. He launched his rowboat and came upon a vessel in flames. He successfully rescued the captain, along with his wife and child, and brought them safely back to the lighthouse.

The lighthouse was rebuilt in 1867, utilizing the same stone design as Great Captain Island and Sheffield Island Lights. The local native who supervised the construction, Henry Davis, later became the Assistant Superintendent of Lifesaving Stations in the United States.

Morgan Point light stone construction These specially designed lighthouses of stone are known as the "Castles of the Sound" for their locations along the busy Long Island Sound.

Morgan Point had two women who were lighthouse Keepers when their husbands passed away. One of the female Keepers, Frances McDonald, who served from 1869 to 1871, passed her duties to her brother, Thaddeus Pecor, who went on to become one of the longest-serving keepers in history, with 48 years of service until 1919 when he retired at the age of 75.

The lighthouse was sold to Henry Hewitt in 1922. Hewitt’s lighthouse became quite a helpful refuge during the Hurricane of 1938, where local residents reportedly were brought inside the base of the tower during the hurricane, as it was one of the safest places to be during that historic storm.

Jason Pilalas became the third owner of the beacon in 1991, which had no lantern room at this time, and was in deteriorating condition. He had the lantern room reconstructed, and the interior gutted out. As a private residence it remains an important visual landmark for mariners.

 

 

Places to Visit Nearby:

In Noank, visit the Noank Historical Society Museum exhibiting maritime artifacts including early photos of Morgan Point.

Morgan Point lighthouse is a private residence and the beacon can only be viewed by boat.

Mystic Seaport is also nearby, and is an outdoor recreated 19th century working preservation shipyard, with four ships as National Historic Landmarks. Mystic Seaport village

A replica lighthouse that is constructed familiar to Brant Point light on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts is also found there.

The Mystic Aquarium provides educational and up close exhibits of marine life that include sharks, jelly fish, eels, and barracuda.

 


Contact Info:

Noank Historical Society Museum
P.O. Box 9454
17 Sylvan Street
Noank, Connecticut 06340

 

 

Local Boat Tours

Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises, some will pass by specific lighthouses as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, fishing tours and other types of excursions.

 

Cross Sound Ferry Cruises
Provdes two lighthouse cruises between southeast Connecticut and Long Islamd Sound lighthouses; The Classic Lighthouse Cruise and the Lights and Sights Cruise.

Lighthouses: Avery Point, New London Ledge Lighthouse, New London Harbor Light, Morgan Point Lighthouse, Watch Hill light (RI), Race Rock (NY), Little Gull (NY), and North Dumpling (NY), Bug (NY), Orient Point (NY), Latimer Reef (NY) and Plum Island (NY)

 

 

Hard Trail Charters

They offer scenic tours and harbor cruises from Watch Hill, Rhode Island, to Stonington and Mystic, Connecticut, and out to Fishers Island, New York.

Phone: (845) 263-0119

 

 

My 300-page book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor coastal attractions, cruises, and tours you can explore.

Check it Out!

book about lighthouses, boat tours, and local attractions in southern New England

 

 

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