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Postby Maria » Wed Jan 05, 2005 8:28 pm


I was planning on stopping at Stratford Point Lighthouse on my way to Massachusetts on Friday. However, I see a lot of conflicting information regarding whether or not the grounds are accessible to the public. I know a Coast Guard family lives in the keeper's house, but it's not clear if the lighthouse is near enough to the road to see without trespassing.

So, should I go a couple of miles out of my way, or will I miss the NELL event because I'll get detained by Homeland Security?

Please let me know if you have been there recently and where I can step without causing trouble.

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Postby AL » Wed Jan 05, 2005 9:15 pm


last time I was there the LH & keeper's house could be viewed from the end of the road.
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Postby WisKeeper » Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:08 am


When I was there, I took photos from the end of the road and partway in a neighbor's driveway. You can also drive into the land conservatory and get some good photos from there.
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Postby Grover1 » Thu Jan 06, 2005 5:23 am


Maria,

For what it is worth, last time through the fates were kind and the gates were open so I strolled the grounds. Its a wonderful setting and the views, especially waterside of the tower, made me glad I went.

If I can assume you are coming via I-95, it is no more than 10-15 minutes off the hiway and, if you've never visited, worth the detour.

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Postby Grover1 » Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:06 am


Maria,

I posted this a few months back ... thought it might be interesting again ... It could just make you want to decide to make the detour ...

Image on the left from April of 1982 ... Image on the right from September of 1997 ...

<img src="http://img24.exs.cx/img24/3613/strat26bl.jpg" width=700>

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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Jan 06, 2005 8:24 am


Barry,

Your photos show a great amount of effort went in to restoring the light station. Thanks for sharing them!
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Postby Keeper » Thu Jan 06, 2005 8:31 am


For some years a while back there was a sign telling visitors they were welcome to walk around the grounds of the light station, but that they should first check in with the residents of the house. But that changed a few years ago, and now the station is officially closed to the public. In recent years, it's only opened occasionally for special group tours. A new family has recently moved in or is about to move in after some renovation to the interior of the house, but the visitation policy is unlikely to change.

I'm afraid you'll have to settle with views from outside the fence. This photo is taken from inside the grounds:

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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:12 am


Do you think that is would be possilbe to set up a private tour since they do allow groups to visit?
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Postby Maria » Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:43 am


Since it is not too far off I-95, it will be worth it for me to drop by and see what the current situation is for visiting. Update at 11 (as in Jan. 11).

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Postby Keeper » Thu Jan 06, 2005 10:50 am


To try to arrange a group tour you would have to go through the Coast Guard; it would probably be best to contact Aids to Navigation in New Haven. I doubt they would agree in advance to a private tour, but it might be worth asking.
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Postby AL » Thu Jan 06, 2005 2:17 pm


There are not many angles from the dead end street. There is a fence with no trespassing signs posted and the last house on the street is also private property. I was lucky the day I stopped. The neighbor was mowing his lawn and granted permission to enter his property for the attached photo. As you see the trees are evergreens so this time of the year they will still block some angles. But, what you can get is usually better then what you have now.:wink:

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Postby mombo » Thu Jan 06, 2005 5:51 pm


Go for it Maria! It seems the worst you could do is a view from the end of the driveway. As in Al's case he got lucky with the neighbor. You just never know what can happen. Being interested and polite, not pushy can often get you places you never thought you could go. Not always but sometimes. :)
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Postby shirin » Fri Jan 07, 2005 11:21 am


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Sorry this is so late - Maria, hope you stopped by this one on your way north.

NELL went on a tour of this light a couple years ago now. This is what it looks like from the other side.

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Postby Maria » Sun Jan 09, 2005 6:42 pm


I did find Stratford Point on my way up to Mass. on Friday. The gates were closed and there were no trespassing signs on the fence and two quite large dogs on the porch, so I decided to keep my distance.

I walked up the neighbors driveway a bit because it looked like no one was home and took a few shots. Then I drove into the nature conservancy area next door. No one was there but it was obviously open to the public with posted visiting hours. I was able to walk down an old road on the property and get quite a few shots of the light from just outside the fence. I thought about going down on the beach, but given my fashion boots and lack of hat, I thought better of it and continued my journey.

I'll have my pictures up soon.

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Postby plebetkin » Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:13 am


this is the light next on my list to see. We get to Bridgeport (very close by) at least every other week, but it's the trip from hell in and out quickly to see my ailing mother-in-law in one location and my fast fading father-in-law in another.

It's too late for Maria now, but if one continues up I95 north, New Haven Light, the two Saybrook lights (inner and outer), New London Light, New London Ledge, Avery Point Light, Mystic Light (the Brant Point look-a-like), and Stonington Light are all doable in a day's trip.

New London Light is private property, but one can get a decent picture by standing across the street on the sidewalk. New London Ledge can be seen in the water from the fence next to New London Light and from Avery Point (New London Light gives the best advantage). If one really has time, a trip to Ocean Beach Park (five minutes from New London Light) gives another great view of New London Ledge (go to the boardwalk, turn left, go to the end, and go to water's edge)
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