SAVING THE HOUSE THAT LIT THE GUT
Plum Gut on the North Fork of Long Island may be one of the most treacherous passages in the Northeast, which is why the government put a lighthouse on either side of “The Gut.”
Now, one of those beacons, the Plum Island Lighthouse (also known as Plum Gut Lighthouse), which assisted mariners through these turbulent waters from 1869 until 1978, needs help of its own.
The deactivated, granite lighthouse with its cast-iron tower is listed on New York State’s Register of Historic Places, but the building is rapidly deteriorating. Local activists are trying to save it, but the lighthouse is now in the hands of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which says it doesn’t have the funds to maintain it.
According to the Southold Town Historic Preservation Commission, the cost to stabilize the lighthouse is about $100,000 and they are trying to identify funding sources to seal the exterior to prevent further decay.