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LIghthouses in Fairfield, Connecticut, are classic marine sentinels

Penfield Reef Light

Location: Long Island Sound

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. It can be seen distantly from the shore of Fairfield and Bridgeport, but is best seen by boat. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1874. Light flashes red every six seconds; fog signal is one blast every 15 seconds.

Tongue Point Light (Bridgeport Breakwater Light, Bug Light)

Location: West side of Bridgeport Harbor entrance

Accessibility: The lighthouse is on the grounds of a power plant and cannot be visited, but it can be seen distantly from some points on shore. A close view is possible from the Bridgeport to Port Jefferson ferry. The lighthouse is not open to the public. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1895. Light flashes green every four seconds.

Sheffield Island Light

Location: Sheffield Islands, entrance to Norwalk Harbor

Accessibility: The lighthouse can be reached by ferry from Norwalk. The Norwalk Seaport Association’s covered ferry runs for tours of historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse from May through Labor Day and also conveys passengers for special events on the island. The 42-foot passenger vessel is certified and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. A tour of the lighthouse is included in the ferry trip. The facility: Lighthouse built in 1868. Maintained by Norwalk Seaport Association, 132 Water Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854

Fayerweather Island Light (Black Rock Harbor Light)

Location: Fayerweather Island, Black Rock Harbor

Accessibility: The lighthouse grounds are accessible from a parking area at the end of Barnum Boulevard at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. There is a mildly strenuous walk across a breakwater to the lighthouse. The tower itself is not open to the public. The facility: Lighthouse built in 1823. For information, contact Fayerweather Island Restoration Fund, c/o Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605

Pecks Ledge Light

Location: Norwalk Islands, Long Island Sound

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. It is best seen by boat.
The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1906; flashes green every 2.5 seconds.

Great Captain Island Light

Location: Western Long Island Sound

Accessibility: The ferry to the island is open to Greenwich residents only. The lighthouse is not open to the public and is best seen by boat. The facility: Lighthouse built in 1868. Managed by the Town of Greenwich.

Greens Ledge Light

Location: Norwalk Islands, western Long Island Sound

Accessibility: Can be reached by boat only. The lighthouse is not open to the public. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1902. Light flashes red and white every 12 seconds; fog signal is two blasts every 20 seconds.

Stratford Shoal Light (Middleground Light)

Location: Western Long Island Sound, midway between Connecticut and Long Island.

Accessibility: This lighthouse is not open to the public and is best seen by boat.
The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1874-1877. Light flashes white every five seconds; fog signal is one blast every 15 seconds.

Stratford Point Light

Location: Mouth of the Housatonic River, entrance to Stratford Harbor

Accessibility: The station is home to a Coast Guard family and is not open to the public. Best views are by boat. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1881. Light white flashes every 20 seconds.

Stamford Harbor Light (Chatham Rock Light, Ledge Obstruction Light)

Location: Stamford Harbor

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. It can be seen distantly from points on shore; it is best seen by boat. The facility: Active private aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1882. Light flashes white every four seconds.