Rezoned and Repurposed: Execution Rocks Lighthouse

image from: www.thecapecodstore.com

image from: www.thecapecodstore.com

How about a vacation at this fun place some 20 miles east of New York City?

Welcome to the Execution Rocks Lighthouse.

image from: www.tug44.org

image from: www.tug44.org

As the name indicates, this former lighthouse is located in a place where people actually met their doom.

In what terrible manner, you ask?

During the American Revolutionary War, the British colonial authorities were said to have executed people by chaining them to the rocks here at low tide, and when the tide rose…. well, you get the idea.

image from: www.lipri.org

image from: www.lipri.org

The small island located off the north side of Long Island Sound was actually man-made in 1840 on top of those jutting death rocks. The lighthouse and adjoining keeper’s house (made from stone) were built in 1867.

historic image from: Wikimedia Commons

historic image from: Wikimedia Commons

The lighthouse was automated in 1979 so no one has lived there since that time. However, you can now spend the night in this historic beauty because it is used as a vacation rental!

Well hold your horses; it is not as posh as you might think.

image from: http://www.lighthouserestorations.org/

image from: http://www.lighthouserestorations.org/

Here’s the Airbnb description:

Lighthouse has rooms with air mattresses for sleeping bags.

image from: http://www.lighthouserestorations.org/

image from: http://www.lighthouserestorations.org/

Portable camping toilets must be serviced by guests.

image from: http://www.lighthouserestorations.org/

image from: http://www.lighthouserestorations.org/

Guests must also bring own food, and are responsible for payment for the two-mile / 15-minute boat transportation to and from island.

image from: http://www.lighthouserestorations.org/

image from: http://www.lighthouserestorations.org/

Well shucks. But it would still be fun.

In fact, the show Ghost Adventures filmed an episode here in 2009 and claimed they had some paranormal experiences.

ghost adventures

“Guys, I think something just touched me!”

:)

The future of Execution Rocks Lighthouse looks bright – it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

Since then, the Science Museum of Long Island and the Philadelphia Historically Significant Structures Society have partnered in an effort to restore and preserve the big light.

image from: www.airbnb.com

image from: www.airbnb.com

Now, if only they could rig up some plumbing!

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Sources:

http://www.lighthouserestorations.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Execution_Rocks_Light

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/580026?locale=en http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Execution_Rocks_Light

http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=749

http://www.longislandlighthouses.com/exrock.htm

 

 

 

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