Friday Flashback #3

This was not a working lighthouse.

But for decades it served as a welcoming beacon for everyone entering Longshore — first the private beach club, then (after 1960), the town-owned park.

I don’t think anyone was allowed inside. But I clearly remember where it stood: Just inside the entrance across from the tennis courts, near where the pavilion and snack bar are today.

If you’ve got any memories of the Longshore lighthouse — or never knew it, but want to react to the photo — click “Comments” below.

(Photo courtesy of Peter Barlow)

(Photo courtesy of Peter Barlow)


13 responses to “Friday Flashback #3

  1. Longshore looks so different. The ‘Lighthouse” was a beautiful structure.

  2. A true Westport icon!! Remained there along with the open air cabana and former concession building just past it as you walked toward the salt water pool.
    The lighthouse was also a great place to hide behind during the Rec. Commission sponsored outside Monday night summer dances!!
    Brings back so many memories!!

  3. Mary ruggiero

    Great idea!

  4. Diane Silfen

    It was there in the 60’s when I was a lifeguard …just empty nothing in it. I wish it was still there

  5. Why did it go, and who took it down? and when? We all liked it so much. mmm

  6. A bit of Westport I had never known. Thx. We so need to rebuild that!!

  7. How cool, I wish it was still there.

  8. Nancy Powers Conklin

    I also remember it being there and was so impressed with it as a child. It was so unique to find that in Westport.

  9. Vanessa Bradford

    Very familiar…we used to keep our boat at the marina and would see it from on water. When I was little, one of our baby sitters told me a witch lived in the tower and I was scared to even walk by it!

  10. Remember it well! As well as the frozen snicker and Milky Way bars. We had a cabana there must have been 1968 or 1969. I was always strangely enamored by that lighthouse or whatever it was.

  11. Peter Barlow

    A popular local official ordered the demolition of the lighthouse in the late 60s or early 70s. He greatly regretted it later, so I won’t mention his name.