- Congressman Tim Bishop
hailed the announcement that the Montauk Point Lighthouse has been designated as a National Historic Landmark by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Bishop wrote Salazar last December to urge final approval of Landmark status, calling the Lighthouse, "an important beacon for those seeking insight into our nation's formative years."
"I applaud the Montauk Historical Society
and all who have worked to ensure the Montauk Point Lighthouse is rightfully recognized for its important role in our nation's development as a maritime power," said Congressman Bishop. "I am proud that this iconic structure, which is so important to residents of Eastern Long Island, is now recognized as one of America's historical crown jewels."
With the addition of Montauk Point Lighthouse, New York now boasts 264 National Landmarks including the following seven in Suffolk County: First Presbyterian Church (Old Whalers), Sag Harbor; Fort Corchaug Archeological Site, Southold; Thomas Moran
House, East Hampton; William Sydney Mount House, Stony Brook; Old House, Cutchogue; Jackson Pollock
House and Studio, East Hampton; Priscilla, West Sayville.
The Lighthouse will receive a designation letter, a plaque, and technical advice on preserving the structure. It will also become eligible for limited federal funding through the Historic Preservation Fund and be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
"Eastern Long Island is one of America's top vacation destinations, and I hope this richly deserved national recognition will attract families from across the country to visit Montauk Point Lighthouse and Museum and our other National Historic Landmarks," Bishop said.