Historic Stratford Point Lighthouse Open to Public Saturday

The historic Stratford Point Lighthouse is never open to the public, except this Saturday, when it is available for public tours. 

Lighthouses have played an enormous role in our nation’s maritime history, from guiding distressed mariners to old myths and mysteries, and each lighthouse has a different story. 

This weekend, you can learn about the one located on Stratford Point. 

"Many of the people who were the keepers of the lighthouse were a little bit different historically and it kept them in the news," Carol Lovell, a Curator at the Stratford Historical Society, said. 

Since the lighthouse was built in 1822, various families have filtered in and out of the historical property, keeping an eye on the lighthouse -- among other things says Lovell. 

"One man absolutely saw a mermaid -- uh huh," she said. 

Lighthouses have been a vital part of the maritime industry. 

"The Stratford Lighthouse is a fresnel light that has a nominal range of 18 nautical miles,” Lt. Matthew Richards, of the incident management division, Long Island Sound, said. “And it stands 35 feet tall." 

While the Coast Guard still has to complete a final safety check inside the lighthouse before this weekend, we got a sneak peak of the historic grounds. 

Lovell said this is only open during the open house. 

“And there are many people who have lived in Stratford their whole lives and have never been to the lighthouse, so that's a wonderful opportunity," she said. 

You can check out the lighthouse for free on this Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. 

And you can check out the lighthouse for free on FREE, this Saturday, June 11th, from 9am to 3pm rain or shine. 

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