August 3, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

 

The "Bug Light" Lighthouse
This lighthouse sits on screw piles that, at low tide, it looked like a bug. Commissioned in 1870.

Long Island Bug Lighthouse Cruise and Tour

There’s always something fun to do on Long Island’s North Fork, but one of the more popular attractions has to be the Bug Light. Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse helps mariners navigate the hazardous sandbar between Orient Harbor and Gardiner’s Bay. The original structure was built in 1870 on screw piles which left an opening beneath the structure and inspired its nickname “Bug” Light because when the rocks were covered at high tide, the lighthouse looked like a giant water bug. Considering coming to the North Fork for a weekend, consider this romantic trip to the Bug Light. Come to Greenport, on Long Island’s North Fork, for a Long Island Bug Lighthouse Cruise and Tour.

The lighthouse is a gateway to Greenport, Shelter Island, and Peconic Bay and is officially known as the Long Beach Bar Light. It became known as the “Bug” Light because it was initially constructed on a screw-pile platform that elevated it above Gardiner’s Bay. The name had stuck when the light was converted from a screw-pile platform to a concrete caisson foundation. From a distance, the spindly pilings supporting the structure made the lighthouse look like a giant bug walking on water.
Long Beach Bar Lighthouse was constructed in 1871 and decommissioned in 1948 after a sandbar had grown to make the beacon useless as a channel marker. Various groups tussled over buying the historic light until 1963 when arsonists solved the ownership issue by burning the lighthouse to the foundation.
The foundation sat unencumbered until the summer of 1990, when the organization floated out a replica to replace the original. The “replica” was so complete that, in 1993, the Coast Guard recognized the beacon as federal aid to navigation. The Bug Light has been back in service ever since.
The Greenport’s East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation owns, operates, and maintains the Bug Lighthouse. As part of their funding and outreach, they offer a variety of lighthouse tours from late May through late October.
Bug Lighthouse cruises are narrated, often by a local guide, Bob Allen. Bob was raised in Greenport and is a descendant of a Bug Lighthouse keeper. Consequently, his narrations can take you behind the scenes of the lighthouse, as well as back in time.

Bug Lighthouse Cruise and Tour Schedule

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours
  • When: Saturdays, August 6,13,20, & 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Where: East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation
  • Cost: $59.00, 10% discount for seniors & veterans
  • Tickets: are available online here.

You can also pick them up at the East End Seaport Museum here (Map).
Bug Lighthouse Cruise Lodging
Locally owned and operated, Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast is a Long Island B&B that offers upper-tier amenities, delicious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Give yourself the reward of luxury, comfort, and uncommon service during your Long Island getaway with a stay at Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast!

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July 22, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

Lighthouses of Long Island - Orient Point LighthouseNew York’s Long Island is home to almost 20 lighthouses, most of them spread along the northern shore or up at the east end on the North Fork, also known as wine country! Touring the Lighthouses of Long Island Wine Country is a great and romantic getaway.

No Long Island vacation would be complete without at least some time spent investigating the wineries of the North Fork. Long Island’s North Fork is home to nearly 40 wineries and has long been considered as one of the best viticultural areas in the country.
Wineries, while one of the biggest draws to the area, are hardly the only North Fork attraction, however. Long before there were vineyards or a wine country to be enamored of, Long Island was primarily known as a port and for its abundant fishing. Consequently, the Long Island Sound shoreline is dotted with lighthouses.


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June 26, 2018 Wilfred Joseph

North Fork Craft Brewery TourIt wasn’t that long ago that Long Island could boast only one craft brewery. Now there are more than 40 and Long Island’s North Fork region is home to many of them. Come discover some of Long Island’s best craft beers on a North Fork craft brewery tour!
There are a number of great reasons to come explore Long Island’s North Fork: wineries, golf courses, galleries, shopping, dining, you name it. On of the more recently popular pastimes, however, is going on a North Fork craft brewery tour.
Many craft breweries are happy to show visitors around their operations and explain their process. Even those craft breweries that don’t offer tours will usually have a tasting room or even an onsite brewpub. This is an excellent way to sample a brewery’s full line of beers. It’s also where you’ll find specialty and seasonal beers that may see only limited – or even no – distribution. What a treat!



September 21, 2015 Wilfred Joseph

Explore Southold Indian MuseumDid you know that the Southold Indian Museum on Long Island’s North Fork has the largest, single collection of Algonquin ceramic pottery in existence?
Dedicated to study, preservation, and dissemination of the surrounding region’s natural and human history, Southold Indian Museum was the natural outgrowth of a determined group of avocational archaeologists who formed the Incorporated Long Island Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association in the early 1900’s.


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