Home History & Landmarks Lighthouses Orient Point's Bug Light
Orient Point's Bug LightThe original lighthouse, first lit on December 1, 1871, was built upon a screwpile foundation. This metal framework foundation, as seen in the old postcard images to the left and below, made the light look like a large bug upon the water, hence the "Bug Light" nickname. For many years, Bug Light steered sailors to safety from its location between Orient Harbor and Gardiner's Bay, welcoming them to the protected waters of Peconic Bay. More important, Bug Light was a warning beacon for navigators rounding the hazardous sandbar at Long Beach.