- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) - A lighthouse in Stratford that dates to the 1800s and is normally off-limits to the public is opening for tours one day next month.

The Stratford Point Lighthouse is owned and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, which is making it available for tours on Aug. 8.

The first lighthouse on Stratford Point was a wooden, octagonal structure built in 1822. It was replaced in 1881 by a cast iron tower that has been in place ever since.

Capt. Ed Cubanski, commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s Long Island Sound sector, said the service is honored to share the lighthouse’s history with the public.

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