Avery Point Lighthouse (1943)

July 25th, 2009 Posted in Colonial Revival, Groton, Lighthouses

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The last of Connecticut’s active lighthouses to be built was the Avery Point Light, which today is located on the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus. The lighthouse was built in 1943 as a memorial to all other lighthouses and lighthouse keepers. It was not lit until 1944, owing to fears of enemy invasion by sea during World War II. At time it was built, the property was used as a Coast Guard training facility and the light remained an active aid to navigation until the Coast Guard moved to a new location in 1967. Left abandoned, there were concerns that the light would be torn down, especially after UCONN declared it a safety hazard in 1997. In response, the Avery Point Lighthouse Society was formed to restore and relight the tower. In 2001, the old wooden lantern was removed, to be replaced by a newly crafted replica, lowered into place in 2005. Part of the restoration involved the building of a memorial brick walkway, with inscribed bricks that had been sold to raise donations for the restoration. Work on the tower itself was begun in 2003 and the official relighting and rededication ceremonies took place in 2006. There is a webcam view of Avery Point.

  1. 3 Responses to “Avery Point Lighthouse (1943)”

  2. By Literary Dreamer on Jul 25, 2009

    I’m guessing it’s not this one, but I heard that there’s a lighthouse on the West Coast that used to be on the East Coast–possibly from Maine. Have you heard of this?

  3. By Daniel on Jul 25, 2009

    No, I haven’t! 🙂

  4. By Soundbounder on Jul 28, 2009

    I really like that shot.
    Nice work.

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