Let’s face it, the Northeast can’t compare to SoCal, but it definitely has its quirks. Although my level of fondness varies on the different qualities such as the intense summer humidity and the foreign season of fall, I can say without hesitation that one of my favorite Northeastern quirks is the amount of lighthouses sprinkled along the coast. The state of Connecticut has 23 octogonal-shaped lighthouses, a style of architecture that is unique to the state of Connecticut.

This week’s Secret of SoCal is Five Mile Point Lighthouse.

I ventured to the overcast coastline of New Haven, home to the Five Mile Point Lighthouse. This particular plot of land was settled by Puritans in 1638 and was a notable location for a battle in the American Revolution…talk about being rich with history!

In 1805, the 30-foot lighthouse was built. Shortly after, it was deemed inefficient because it was too short and too dim. In 1847, Congress appointed $10,000 to create a taller and brighter lighthouse for the high traffic port.

In 1924, the City of New Haven purchased the land where the Five Mile Point lighthouse resides, and renamed it Lighthouse Point Park. Between the antique carousel, the picnic spots, the water squirters and the innumerable seashells sprinkled along the shoreline, there is a lot of opportunity for family-fun at this park.

As I sifted through the sand for seashells, I noticed a crew setting up a seating area for a wedding, facing the chairs towards Atlantic Ocean. Past the wedding decorations and just along the horizon I spotted the Downtown New Haven skyline in the distance. I then understood why the lighthouse is called Five Mile Point; it is a five mile distance to Downtown New Haven!

Before the summer is over, I am definitely revisiting Lighthouse Point Park to explore the historic beach. Check back next week for another Secret of SoCal!

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