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Established in 1856 in the New Dorp (taken from the Dutch Nieuwe Dorp for "new village") section of Staten Island, the lighthouse stands guard on a hill.
New Dorp Lighthouse was part of a system of three sets of lights. It was a family station located two miles from the shore. In 1997 it was named a New York Landmark as a unique vernacular building with unusual design and outstanding architectural character. (Jeremy D'Entremont, the Lighthouse Handbook, Hudson River and New York Harbor.)
It is a New York Landmark that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Yet the average onlooker wouldn't see much significance to this lighthouse. Shrouded in the woods and mystery it is somewhat difficult to see at all. My son and I overcame many obstacles to paint this lighthouse and were rewarded with a vista of shadows and sunlight and an awe inspiring view of the lighthouse.