Stepping Stones Lighthouse Preservation Project
Stepping Stones Lighthouse was built in 1876 to warn mariners of a shoal and extensive rocks that extend into Long Island Sound northward from Kings Point. Built in the Victorian Second Empire style, it was modernized in 1944, and remains a vital aid to navigation to this day. The lighthouse itself is in poor condition, and needs to be repaired. If it decays any further, there is a strong probability that it will be demolished, and a navigational beacon erected in its place. Please help us restore this piece of our history! It has been estimated that the needed repairs will cost in the range of $4 million.
The Lighthouse now has its own website - visit it at www.steppingstoneslight.com
History of the lighthouse:
History at the Coast Guard website:
Newspaper articles about the lighthouse and the Historical Society:
This link has a video after the commercial:
Report of the Town Historian - accurate as of August, 2012
Great Neck Record article about Town, Park District, Historical Society Partnership, August, 2014
Great Neck Record article about our Organizational meeting:
So many articles about our 5K Walk/Run fundraiser:
You may be interesting in reading about the National Lighthouse Museum and the activities they sponsor.
Donate To The Preservation Project:
You can make a tax deductible contribution to the Great Neck Historical Society’s Lighthouse Fund by clicking the PayPal link. All funds donated to the Lighthouse Fund will be used exclusively for that purpose. Click here.
Help Us Preserve The Stepping Stones Lighthouse!
GREAT NECK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Read a wonderful article from the Kings PointerMagazine
Our First Annual 5K Run/Walk to Benefit the Lighthouse succeeded in raising thousands of dollars, and was a ton of fun for all who participated. There was a real party atmosphere in Steppingstone Park on Race Day when nearly 200 walkers and runners came out to cover the course on a beautiful fall morning. Our sponsors are listed on the first page of this website, but there were so many others who contributed to the success of the day.
Our Race Chair, Charles Schneider, deserves much of the credit for bringing everything together. In addition to the sponsors listed on the main page, he would like to thank The Great Neck News and its parent Company, The Island Now, for their many advertisements in multiple editions of their newspapers and almost weekly news articles that appeared in the Great Neck News about both the Lighthouse and 5K Run/Walk, the almost 200 participants who signed up, the Town of North Hempstead, Supervisor Bosworth and their print shop for their support and the many versions of our promotional brochures, posters, banner and large signs that they printed, Patricia Schneider for her design and many changes made to our printed materials, the Nassau County Police and Auxiliary Police and especially the Village of Kings Point Police, who contributed to the event’s success and the safety of the participants, Vigilant Fire, who stood by with their EMS volunteers, in case of emergency, the Great Neck Park District’s staff, which made everyone welcome at Steppingstone Park, the volunteers from the Historical Society and Rotary Club of Great Neck who helped on the day of the event along with the committee that helped make many of the event decisions easier, JFK elementary school, their principal, PTA, parents and students, for their continued support of the Lighthouse, and the team of Commissioner Robert Lincoln, Cookie Blaha, Alice Kasten, Ann Finkelstein, Taiming Perlman, Tony Marulli as well as Charles for bringing in the sponsor money. Eventpower LI and Vicki Ventura, were our event managers for this amazing effort. Thanks to all!
Thanks to both EventPowerLi and Karen Rubin for these photos.
Now! You can support the Lighthouse by shopping at West Marine for your Boating, Fishing and watersports needs. Click on this link to get started at West Marine.