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APRIL 12TH

By an act of the Second Congress, President George Washington authorizes lighthouse construction at Montauk Point.

JUNE 7TH

Cornerstone is laid by builder John McComb Jr.

NOVEMBER 5TH

Construction of lighthouse and dwelling completed.

APRIL

The tower is first lit.

JUNE

Attachment to keeper’s dwelling completed.
This structure is referred to today as the 1838 Building.

JANUARY 1ST

First order Fresnel lens first lit, emitting a flashing signal every two minutes.

FEBRUARY 20TH

The John Milton wrecks on the rocks 5 miles west of the lighthouse, its captain mistaken the steady beam of the new Shinnecock Lighthouse for that at Montauk Point.

JUNE

Renovations begin on tower and construction of a new dwelling in order for the lighthouse to meet the standards of a First Order Light Station.

SEPTEMBER 26TH

Renovations are completed.

MAY

Fog signal installed.

MAY

Daymark painted on the tower.

JUNE 15TH

New 3 ½ order bivalve Fresnel lens installed; signal becomes a flashing white light every 10 seconds.

DECEMBER 3RD

Incandescent vapor lamp installed in the lens.

JULY 1ST

The lighthouse is electrified.

US Army occupies Montauk Lighthouse during WWII, becoming part of the Eastern Coastal Defense Shield. Construction of Fire Control Tower on property.

US Coast Guard takes over lighthouse operation.

FEBRUARY 3RD

Lighthouse is automated.

APRIL 1ST

Buildings on lighthouse property leased to Montauk Historical Society by US Coast Guard.

MAY 23RD

Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum opens.

SEPTEMBER 30TH

President Bill Clinton signs legislation for the transfer of  lighthouse property to the Montauk Historical Society.

MAY 29TH

Lighthouse Transfer of Deed Ceremony.

JULY 24TH

Vega VRB-25 optic installed in the lantern.

JUNE 25TH

E. Virgil and Elaine Wingate Conway Visitors Center ribbon cutting ceremony.

FEBRUARY

First public viewing of new museum exhibit: Where Land Meets Sea and Sky: Exploring Montauk History Through the Richard T. Gilmartin Galleries

NOVEMBER

Acquisition of George Washington document for museum.

NOVEMBER

First Lighting the Light held for Christmas season.

MAY

Lighthouse Committee begins process of attaining National Historic Landmark status for the lighthouse.

MARCH 5TH

Montauk Point Lighthouse becomes only the 12th lighthouse in the US to be designated a National Historic Landmark.