Sleepy Hole Lighthouse Renovation To Start Shortly

July 2, 2022

By Robert Kimmel–

A lot wanted repairs to Sleepy Hole’s iconic lighthouse are set to start quickly after the July 4th weekend, based on Village of Sleepy Hole officers. The work will preserve the construction closed to guests for at the least one other 10 months.  The announcement comes a 12 months after Westchester County formally allotted $3.4 million from the County’s capital challenge finances.  In saying the financing final July, County Govt George Latimer declared, “This lengthy overdue work will breathe new life into an iconic Westchester landmark.”

“The challenge will restore the lighthouse, stabilize the construction and forestall additional deterioration,” the village said. “Work consists of repairs and repainting to the outside forged iron, alternative of home windows and doorways, restore of cracks within the cellar, cleansing and re-pointing of the muse masonry, restoration of the inside plaster & portray finishes and repairs to and restoration of all of the wood flooring. The work may also embody reconstruction of the intermediate touchdown between the bridge and gangway, a brand new safety gate on the mainland and new electrical and exterior lighting.”


Disrepair of the lighthouse has stored it closed for a number of years. Previous to that, it was a vacation spot for sightseers and excursions in addition to native residents. Latimer described it as “…a backdrop on many County communications early in my Administration.”

Whereas the lighthouse itself can be closed for visits, Kingsland Level Park and the RiverWalk will stay open.

“Sorry for the inconvenience,” the village wrote. “We sit up for visiting a refurbished lighthouse someday subsequent 12 months.” Sleepy Hole manages the lighthouse, beneath an settlement with the County, which formally owns the construction. The necessity for work on the Lighthouse has been evident for a few years, however it was not till 2011 that County legislators authorised design work for its renovation.

The unique lighthouse development was accomplished in 1883 after years of complaints by steamship homeowners about navigational considerations stemming from harmful shallows alongside the river’s shores. Nonetheless, its current location is a number of miles downstream from the spot initially designated by Congress, which approved its constructing again in 1847 at a location simply north of Sing Sing jail.  That location was ultimately scrapped and the present spot a number of miles downstream referred to as Tarrytown Level was chosen.

Laws in 1849 by New York State learn, “The US has hereby approved to erect, or trigger to be erected, within the Hudson River, at some extent within the neighborhood of Tarrytown Level, at such distance from the shore that the water at time of bizarre low water mark, shall not exceed two toes in depth, a beacon gentle for the aim of securing the security of vessels navigating the stated river.” Shortly thereafter, testimony from the captains and steamship pilots pushed to relocate the sunshine at close by Beekman Level.  Extra delays adopted as a result of the price of the development was greater than Congress had approved.

The land’s proprietor on the time, Gerard Beekman, was initially reluctant to promote the mandatory two acres on the river’s edge as a result of he had envisioned constructing close by residences, and believed the development of the lighthouse would reduce the worth of his land. He lastly agreed to promote the land on the outer finish of the purpose, however the $3,000 worth constituted too nice a share of the $4,000 complete quantity allotted for the lighthouse. That precipitated extra delays.

Many years later, in 1881, the U.S. authorities lastly conceded and apperorpiated $21,000 to construct the offshore lighthouse. Upon its completion, formally referred to as the Tarrytown Lighthouse, Captain Joseph Ackerman lit its gentle on October 1, 1883. He served as its keeper for 21 years, residing there along with his spouse, three cats and a canine, together with a pair dozen chickens. The final keeper of the lighthouse, Richard Moreland, who served from 1955 to 1958, lived there along with his spouse and two daughters.

With the enlargement of the Basic Motors plant in 1923, the course of the Pocantico River was altered. Over time, the shoreline grew to inside about fifty toes of the lighthouse.  The development of the Tappan Zee Bridge in 1955 rendered the Lighthouse out of date.  Its candlepower was lowered in 1957, and it was deactivated in 1965.  Disrepair adopted.  The federal authorities’s Basic Providers Administration turned it over to Westchester County in 1974.  On its hundredth anniversary, October 1, 1983, the lighthouse formally opened to the general public. It had been listed on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations in 1979.

Westchester County and the Village of Sleepy Hole joined forces and allotted $800,000 for restore work in 2013; nevertheless, the bottom bid obtained for the work was $1.2 million, and the challenge was placed on maintain till extra funds may very well be raised.  In 2015, a brand new lens was positioned atop the Lighthouse. At its set up ceremony, Sleepy Hole Mayor Ken Wray hailed the occasion as, “…a primary step in the direction of our meant purpose of full restoration of this historic lighthouse.” Barring delays, that can happen subsequent spring.

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