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The Ledge Light Foundation is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that...

The Ledge Light Foundation is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that has been responsible for restoration and preservation of Ledge Light for 30 years. In 2014, dedicated volunteers from the Foundation wrote the application to the GSA/NPS for the New London Maritime Society to obtain ownership in an effort to keep Ledge Light in local hands. The Ledge Light Foundation continues its work under this new ownership. The Foundation continues the upkeep, restoration and preservation of Ledge Light maintaining an Interpretive Center within the lighthouse complete with historic and photographic exhibit panels in most rooms, a theater showing a compelling documentary about its history, a furnished keeper's room and a gift shop. Tours run to the lighthouse and visit INSIDE during the summer months in partnership with Project Oceanology using their boat. The tours are run solely by the Ledge Light Foundation and are the only tours that take visitors inside the light. As the Maritime Society owns the building, that's as a landlord only. They have nothing to do with the restoration work which is all-volunteer and done by the Ledge Light Foundation. The Maritime Society is only the landlord. Please direct any inquiries to our website. The Maritime Society knows nothing about the tours or the work done.

Visit our website tour page for information about the Foundation and to purchase tickets for tours.

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I've only seen it from the water

I've only seen this light from the water, but I know tours are available. It is as striking in appearance in real life as it is in the photos. Photos can vary greatly depending on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
MNLMOM
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New Haven, Connecticut
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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I've only seen this light from the water, but I know tours are available. It is as striking in appearance in real life as it is in the photos. Photos can vary greatly depending on the light and angle.

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Thank MNLMOM
LedgeLightFoundation, Manager at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

Dear MNLMOM, Thanks for the review! The Ledge Light Foundation does indeed run tours to Ledge Light in the summer season. Our last two tours of the 2016 season are this month. I hope you can get out, if not this year, then hopefully next. It's well worth the trip! Thanks! Ledge Light Foundation More 

Rotterdam, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Glad I had my good camera. It is a ways out. Bring binoculars or a boat! It looks like it is pretty interesting even from a distance.

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Thank longoverdue
LedgeLightFoundation, Manager at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

Dear longoverdue, The Ledge Light Foundation, a non-profit group of volunteers, runs tours to Ledge Lighthouse in the summer months. The tours are 2.5 hours and include the boat ride out and a very interesting tour inside where there is a museum with photographic and historic exhibit panels, a furnished keeper's room, a theater showing a compelling documentary, and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

This tour is wonderful on a beautiful summer or fall day. It is very well organized from the parking to getting tickets. I had no idea there were so many lighthouses in Ct and Rhode Island. Well worth the 2 hours.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

A great, truly informative, and amazing opportunity to visit a unique iconic structure. A short ride on the Project Oceanology boat departing Avery Point in Groton, CT. Our hosts and docents gave us great history of this unique structure and the challenges facing the light house keepers. The lighthouse has been nicely restored with great exhibits and tours of the... More 

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LedgeLightFoundation, Manager at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Ledge Light. The all-volunteer Ledge Light Foundation is very proud of the work we do and have done in restoring Ledge Light and organizing the public tours. Please come out and visit again. We are always making improvements. Three more windows will be installed next month. It's an endless... More 

Weymouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

We visited Ledge Light as a bus group from south of Boston in mid-July. Leaving on Project Oceanology's boat at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point, we met many of the enthusiastic volunteer tour guides that are part of the Ledge Light Foundation. The boat ride over was enjoyable and informative. Once we docked at the lighthouse and were gathered... More 

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LedgeLightFoundation, Manager at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your glowing review! On behalf of the volunteers who hosted your group, I'd like to tell you it was our pleasure to welcome you aboard Ledge Light. Please come back soon. We are always updating our exhibits and restoring the building. In fact, three new windows will be installed next month. Thank you for your... More 

New London, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Actually, I haven't been there since I was stationed here when I was in the Coast Guard. But, you demand a date of visit. It was manned in 1955 and a great place to be stationed...except when the fog came in and the horn started blowing. Visitors were not allowed in those days but, once an a while some visitors... More 

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LedgeLightFoundation, Manager at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

So happy to hear from you. The Ledge Light Foundation has been the steward of Ledge Light since the USCG automated the light and stopped manning it in 1987. We now have a museum inside the light as you can see from our Trip Advisor post. We have a "history room" exhibit and are very interested in any photographs you... More 

Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

An intriguing beacon of light set just beyond the entrance to the New London harbor, the Ledge Light is an outstanding example of an era in which lighthouses tethered to the land were expanded to include some anchored in the ocean. Its three-storied building coupled with a strong light continue to draw attention of mariners as well as residents and... More 

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LedgeLightFoundation, Manager at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review, Jeff. I must correct one item, though. The Maritime Society does not run tours to Ledge Light. They own the building and as such are only the landlords. The Ledge Light Foundation runs tours and is responsible for all the work done at Ledge Light for the past 30 years. ALL money received from... More 

Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

If you are boating around the mouth of the Thames River, be sure to take a spin around this lighthouse. It is truly lovely.

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S Windsor
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

My daughter and I took the tour to Ledge Lighthouse from Avery Point. This is a great way to spend a summer day. It was a short trip to the lighthouse. Once there the guides give you a brief history and then let you wander through the lighthouse. There is a fantastic view at the top. The lighthouse is reported... More 

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Gales Ferry, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

The Ledge Light is in the harbor at the entry to New London. You need a boat to get there, but tours are occasionally offered by the Maritime Society. Nicely viewed by the Cross Island Sound Ferry Lighthouse viewing cruises.

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LedgeLightFoundation, Volunteer at New London Ledge Light, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, but I need to clarify something. The Ledge Light Foundation runs tours to and inside the Interpretive Center at Ledge Light in partnership with Project Oceanology on the UConn campus at Avery Point. The Ledge Light Foundation's volunteers guide the tours and are responsible for all the restoration and exhibit work at Ledge Light. The... More 

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