Our Mission
Our Mission Is To Save Greens Ledge Light and Protect this historic icon of maritime Connecticut

The Greens Ledge Light Preservation Society is excited to announce the launch of the ‘Save Greens Ledge’ campaign to preserve and protect Greens Ledge Light.

Greens Ledge Light is an icon of the gritty and tenacious maritime culture of coastal Connecticut.  The 115-year-old light, located one mile off the coast of Rowayton, Connecticut, denotes a hazardous underwater ledge and remains one of the few active lighthouses in Long Island Sound. Decades of neglect and recent storms, though, have threatened to erase this historic emblem forever.

Old Orchard Light, a near-replica of Greens Ledge Light off the coast of Staten Island, tragically collapsed during Superstorm Sandy and remains in its final resting place on the ocean floor. Deer Island Light in Boston Harbor, another sparkplug lighthouse, was dismantled by the Coast Guard after local restoration efforts were unable to be funded. Like Greens Ledge, Old Orchard and Deer Island were both ‘Active Aids to Navigation’. As a result, their collapse necessitated the erection of tall metal “skeleton towers” in their place, a beacon structure similar to a cell tower.

Without a significant preservation and restoration effort, Greens Ledge may meet a similar fate. Greens Ledge is currently listed as in “Deteriorated” condition by the National Register of Historic Places, just one demarcation above “Ruins”. Structural engineers have determined that significant restoration work needs to be done to keep Greens Ledge Light standing and able to withstand future storms. 

Thankfully, the General Services Administration (GSA) included Greens Ledge Light in the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act program. Greens Ledge was acquired by the Greens Ledge Light Preservation Society, a newly-founded 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The acquisition was spearheaded through a founding donation by The Pettee Family, lifelong Connecticut residents. The Pettee’s are collaborating with longtime Rowayton resident and community leader Brendan McGee, who founded the society and serves as its Executive Director. Together, our mission is to save, protect, and preserve Greens Ledge.

Greens Ledge Light Preservation Society is seeking other highly committed ‘Keepers’ to help us Save Greens Ledge and preserve this icon of coastal Connecticut for generations to come.

How To Donate

Greens Ledge Light Preservation Society Inc.

101 Rowayton Avenue

Rowayton, CT 06853

(203) 939-9654

SaveGreensLedge@gmail.com

Greens Ledge Light Preservation Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deducible. EIN # 81-3221399

Greens Ledge Light Preservation uses Darien Rowayton Bank and Merrill Lynch. We can accept cash, checks, or securities. 

Join us as we save this historic lighthouse for generations to come. 

Case Study: Old Orchard Light

Old Orchard Light was an identical sparkplug lighthouse in New York Bay. The lighthouse tragically collapse on October 29, 2012 during Hurricane Sandy. Similar to Greens Ledge, Old Orchard was an active aid to navigation. This necessitated the construction of a tall metal "skeleton tower" in its place, similar (but not identical) to the image on the right. By all indications, if Greens Ledge were to meet a similar fate, a similar structure would be built in its place, forever impairing the view of Long Island Sound from Rowayton and Darien. 

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Case Study: Deer Island Light

Deer Island Light was an active lighthouse in Boston Harbor that, after decades of neglect, was dismantled and replaced by a tall metal skeleton tower beacon. The ruins of the lighthouse base still sits tragically beside the new 50' metal tower. Deer Island Light had a similar sparkplug design as Greens Ledge and the restoration effort could never be fully organized or funded. As a result, the view from the shores of Boston Harbor is forever impaired by the unsightly metal tower. We will do everything in our power to keep beautiful Greens Ledge Light standing forever strong, but we need your help. Help us save Greens Ledge.

Lost Sparkplugs These are several (of the dozens) sparkplug lighthouses that have been lost. The University of North Carolina has a directory of all the lighthouses in the United States, including the hundreds of lighthouses that have been lost.  Whale Rock, Rhode Island (1882), Rhode Island Sound, destroyed by the great hurricane of 1938 Deer Island, Massachusetts (1890), Boston Harbor, demolished by the Coast Guard in 1982 Crabtree Ledge, Maine (1890), Frenchman's Bay, destroyed by a storm in the late 1930s Old Orchard Shoal, New York (1893), New York Harbor, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 Rockland Lake, New York (1894), Hudson River, demolished in 1923 after its foundation failed New Haven Outer Breakwall, Connecticut (1900), Long Island Sound, demolished by the Coast Guard in 1933 Sabine Bank, Texas (1906), Gulf of Mexico, demolished by the Coast Guard in 2002 Elbow of Cross Ledge, New Jersey (1910), Delaware Bay, demolished in 1954 after being heavily damaged by collision with a ship

Lost Sparkplugs

These are several (of the dozens) sparkplug lighthouses that have been lost. The University of North Carolina has a directory of all the lighthouses in the United States, including the hundreds of lighthouses that have been lost. 

Whale Rock, Rhode Island (1882), Rhode Island Sound, destroyed by the great hurricane of 1938

Deer Island, Massachusetts (1890), Boston Harbor, demolished by the Coast Guard in 1982

Crabtree Ledge, Maine (1890), Frenchman's Bay, destroyed by a storm in the late 1930s

Old Orchard Shoal, New York (1893), New York Harbor, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012

Rockland Lake, New York (1894), Hudson River, demolished in 1923 after its foundation failed

New Haven Outer Breakwall, Connecticut (1900), Long Island Sound, demolished by the Coast Guard in 1933

Sabine Bank, Texas (1906), Gulf of Mexico, demolished by the Coast Guard in 2002

Elbow of Cross Ledge, New Jersey (1910), Delaware Bay, demolished in 1954 after being heavily damaged by collision with a ship

We will do everything in our power to keep beautiful Greens Ledge Light standing forever strong, but we need your help. Help us save Greens Ledge.