Stepping Stones Light is a Victorian-style, red brick lighthouse sitting on a reef of rocks about 1,500 yards or so off the shore of Kings Point, on Long Island Sound. First lit in 1877, Stepping Stones Light still guides mariners away from the rocky shoals on the approach to New York City’s East River.

Stepping Stones Light. Photo by Shannon McGee (CC 2.0)


According to Native American legend, tribesmen used medicine and magic to banish the devil. On the run, the devil fled across Long Island Sound on some stepping-stones, picking up and flinging the giant boulders back at the advancing tribal warriors. These came to be known as the “Devil’s Stepping Stones.

The 139-year old structure is in desperate need of repair. Together, the Town of North Hempstead, the Great Neck Park District and the Great Neck Historical Society have been working in partnership to save the historic structure.


The Great Neck Park District has been awarded $100,000 for the ongoing restorations. State Sen. Jack Martins, who helped secure the funding through the New York State and Municipal Facilities Program said,

“Stepping Stones Lighthouse is both an important, functional maritime safety mechanism and a window back into our history,” Martins said. “It must be preserved for future generations as both a navigational aid and educational resource. This funding enables the restoration efforts to move another step forward.”

The Town of North Hempstead acquired the lighthouse from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2008 as part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee