East End Seaport Museum
Marine Foundation

Museum Hours:

May and June
Saturdays and Sundays
3:00pm to 7:00pm

July through Labor Day
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
2:00pm to 8:00pm

Sundays and Mondays
3:00pm to 8:00pm

After Labor Day
through Halloween

Saturdays and Sundays
3:00pm to 8:00pm

$2 per individual
children 15 and younger are always free

Blacksmith Hours:

June - September
Saturdays & Sundays
11:00am to 5:00pm

East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation 
Greenport, NY 11944

BUG Lighthouse

Bug Light sustained some damage during Hurricane Sandy. Parts of the concrete foundation washed away as well as the stairs to the first floor. The door was ripped off and the pier took a battering. Many of the repairs have been made, but there is still more work to be done.  A marine contractor recommended we add 100 tons of rock to Bug Light’s base to stabilize and help protect it.
Will you please help us to protect and preserve Bug Light? Your support is needed to keep our lighthouse safe, secure and open to the public.  You can donate online. All contributions are tax deductible and will be used for Bug Light repairs and restoration.

Thank you for your support and generosity.


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The original lighthouse, first lit on December 1, 1871, was built upon a screw pile foundation. This metal framework foundation made the light look like a large bug upon the water, hence the "Bug Light" nickname.  For many years, Bug Light steered sailors to safety from its location between Orient Harbor and Gardiner's Bay, welcoming them to the protected waters of Peconic Bay. More important, Bug Light was a warning beacon for navigators rounding the hazardous sandbar at Long Beach.

The Bug Light's foundation was changed to concrete in 1926, to facilitate the installation of central heating. In 1938, the infamous September hurricane raised the seas over the roof of the lighthouse, causing the keepers' drinking water to be spoiled by salt water. The light was decommissioned in 1943.

On July 4, 1963, the lighthouse was burned to the ground by vandals, and the East End lost a treasured part of its maritime history, a witness to many lives saved, and a beautiful example of marine architecture. For many years thereafter, the spot would be marked on charts as "Lighthouse Ruins."  


In 1990, the Bug Light was restored to its original grandeur by the efforts of hundreds of people who contributed not only financial support, but also material, equipment, and hard work to the project. The wholly rebuilt Victorian structure, with its flashing light 63 feet above water, once again resumed its duty of welcoming mariners as a private aid to navigation. Shortly thereafter, the US Coast Guard took responsibility for the maintenance of the lighthouse's optic, making the Long Beach Bar light station once again a federal aid to navigation.  (Scroll down to watch video of the rebuilding.)

The year 2009 marks the twentieth Anniversary of the rebuilding on the Long
Beach Bar lighthouse by the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation. 
This was the Foundation's first project, and set the standard that we have
sought to follow ever since.



Video was recorded from a small boat by Esther Hird Hunt.  Music credit:  "Fig Leaf Times Two" Kevin McLeod, licensed under Creative Commons.


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