The big lighthouse at Montauk Point stood sentry in the bright sun Monday, as it has since it was completed more than 200 years ago on the orders of President George Washington.
But for the first time, it stood with its historic value fully recognized.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has decided to designate the lighthouse a National Historic Landmark, according to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who had lobbied Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
It will be the 12th place in Nassau and Suffolk counties to receive the country's highest historic honor.
"Wow, this is terrific," said Suffolk Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk).
It took more than six years to obtain the designation. The fact that it was one of the...| read more ››