Cedar Point County Park - One of the Hamptons biggest gems! (PART 1)
Updated: Jul 27
-- From Wikipedia:
Settled in 1651, Cedar Point was once a busy port for shipping farm goods, fish, and timber from Sag Harbor. The historic Cedar Point Lighthouse stood on an island 200 yards from shore when it was built in 1839. Its beacon served to guide whaling ships in and out of Sag Harbor during its hey-day as a major port. The New England Hurricane of 1938 transformed the shoreline, shifting sands to create a narrow, walkable strip that now connects the lighthouse with the mainland.
The 40 foot granite lighthouse which was built in 1868 was decommissioned in 1934 and replaced by an automatic light on a steel skeleton at breakwater. The lighthouse, built in the Italianate style, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Virtually the entire park including the lighthouse was owned at one time by Phelan Beale, husband of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, whose dissolved marriage was the topic of movie, television and Broadway versions of Grey Gardens. It operated as a hunting club called the Grey Goose Gun Club of Cedar Point and was acquired by Suffolk County in 1967.
The lodge itself is now the park foreman's residence just north of the park's general store.
During the 1970s a small bush plane crash landed in the waters near the point. A father and son were killed instantly and their plane hit the water. The bodies were brought back to Coecles Harbor, Shelter Island and most of the plane parts were found and also brought back to Coecles.
In 1974 vandals burned the interior of the lighthouse.
I will forever be in awe of these cliffs facing Gardiners Bay. And Cedar Point County Park will forever have a special place in my ❤️ for all that I’ve experienced here the last few months since I discovered it.
On an epic day like today - dreamy with sunshine and perfect temperatures throughout the whole day, the 6.8 mile loop around the entire park is an ideal nature day. You get it all, from woods to beach, with a campsite in between. As I strolled along the paths here, adorned with both still burgeoning and already bloomed flora, with the beautiful smell of Gardiners Bay on one side and the Northwest Harbor on the other, I was able to reset and took some altitude on my attitude on life lately and got inspired to do more of something different!
I am über excited about my new projects in helping the community I fell in love with here, inspired by this place.
They will unfold soon enough and am excited to share them with you.
For now, please enjoy this vlog I put together for you to have an idea of what awaits you should you come visit the Hamptons for some outdoor adventures!
I almost reached the Cedar Point Lighthouse when I came across this nook decorated with Shell 🐚 trees - trees ornamented with whelk shells, placed there with prayers and wishes,
and with blessings of gratitude from people who have been here before me.
It’s another magical place that makes the Hamptons worth traveling to at least once in your lifetime.
Standing on the edge of a cliff is exhilarating!
It forces you to be more aware of your surroundings and where you our your feet and how you navigate your body. It also forces you to look at the horizon and it makes you realize how very small you are in the big scheme of things but at the same time how wondrous this world is and that your smallness is what pushes us to keep expanding and realize we ourselves are our own little universe within a Universe.
Life matters that way - WE ALL MATTER - WE ARE ALL CONNECTED.
Meanwhile, yes, social distancing is still in order and I am so grateful that we are all doing our best at keeping the pandemic better controlled and more at bay. Love to you all my friends and cheers to a new week of opportunities!
The Long Island Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society is currently working to restore the Cedar Island Lighthouse. They are seeking $2 million to convert it to a museum and bed and breakfast. Part of the plan includes restoring the lantern.
Stay tuned for PART 2 of CEDAR POINT COUNTY PARK (THE LIGHTHOUSE LOOP TRAIL)
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