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Name: Execution Rocks Light  

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New Rochelle, New York, United States

Location: Western Long Island Sound

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Photo: Jim Crowley
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Managing Organization:
Historically Significant Structures


This light marks the approach to New York City from the northeast. The tower was designed by the noted architect Alexander Parris. The location got its name from a reported practice of the British during the American Revolution -- they would supposedly chain prisoners on the nearby reef and allow the high tide to kill them. Nobody knows if this really happened. In 2009, under the National Lighthouse Preservation Act, ownership of the lighthouse was awarded to Historically Significant Structures.

Tower Height: 60

Height of Focal Plane: 62

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 10 seconds.

Description of Tower: White, conical granite tower with brown band around middle, attached to keeper's dwelling.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
2.5 story granite keeper's house.

Date Established: 1850

Date Present Tower Built: 1850

Date Automated: 1979

Optics: 18??: Fourth order Fresnel lens, now APRB-251, solar powered.

Fog Signal: Originally bell, now automated horn.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only.

Keepers: Leonard Clark (c. 1920s), Adam L. Kohlman (assistant, c. 1920s), Tom Buckridge (?-1979); George Clark (?-1979).

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