It’s a Fairytale walk. At sunrise, during the day, or sunset. Go for the haunted lighthouse sunset and return for the sunrise lighthouse angel!
Stupendous views of Long Island Sound and Black Harbor including two lighthouses.
There is a walkway directly along the sound with a small Marsh on one end and the Black Harbor lighthouse at the other. You can also see the Port Jefferson ferry ride by as well as a nice view of Jennings Beach in Fairfield. This small slip has a bit of it all.
The Fayerweather lighthouse 1808 then 1823) is at the end of Seaside Park and Penfield Reef Light (1874) in the distance. Penfield Reef is said to be haunted by its former innkeeper Fred Jordan who was taken by the Sound.
St. Mary’s was a chapel which stood from 1893 to 1925 at one end of this park. According to the New York Times, “ It was a New York City stockbroker by the name of Thomas W. Pearsall who built the log Episcopal chapel from which the area derives its name. Constructed on the point of the peninsula in 1893 for Mr. Pearsall’s wife, the picturesque steepled church on the beach was a familiar landmark to passing ships. After Mr. Pearsall’s death, the church gradually fell into disrepair, and it was torn down in 1925.”
This is a place where one contemplates the sea.
Tip: Parking is by permit only. I have generally parked beyond the park and biked in or sat by my car to watch the sunset or sunrise.
Sunsets and then the sun will rise. Follow me to see what happened next!