Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck - Chronology of Lighthouse From Coast Guard Web Site

Chronology of Lighthouse From Coast Guard Web Site

1798, March 14: $13,250 was appropriated for the lighthouse to be built.
1798, June 16: Ten acres were bought from John Gardiner for $500.
1798, July 2: President John Adams authorized construction of the light.
1798, December 6: Construction of the lighthouse was completed.
1799, January 1: The light was first lit.
1837: An inspection found the light to be defective. The light was not visible at 10 miles.
1838: Twelve lamps with 13-inch reflectors were installed to improve the visibility of the light.
1842: 9-inch reflectors were installed.
1850: Thirteen lamps with 15-inch reflectors were installed.
1858: A new lantern and a third order Fresnel lens were installed.
1867, March 2: Congress approved funds needed to renovate the lighthouse.
1868: Renovations completed included the replacing the old wooden stairs with iron stairs with landings, the interior walls were lined with brick, the :keeper's quarters were expanded and the steam fog signal was installed.
1880: The keeper's quarters were renovated.
1907: The oil lamp was replaced with an oil vapor lamp.
1921: The light was electrified.
During World War II two large story barracks were constructed on the site for 150 guardsman. The building burned down on February 6, 1958.
1961: The light was automated.
1973: The lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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