Tours are once again going to be given at New London Harbor Lighthouse.
“Ahhh makes me want to cry frankly. I’m so happy,” said Susan Tamulevich, executive director of the New London Maritime Society.
She says it’s been more than four years since the Society has given tours of the lighthouse.
An opening in the sea wall is new and it was necessary to restart the tours.
“It gives a place for people to sit which is quite beautiful and look at the other two lighthouses that we own,” explains Tamulevich who shows News8 the ledge on the outside of the seawall through the new opening.
The group’s other two lighthouses are New London Ledge Light and Race Rock Lighthouse further out on the horizon.
But it was the New London Harbor Lighthouse along the shoreline which was off limits because of a lawsuit filed to stop groups from walking on the outside of a side wall alongside a neighbor’s property.
As part of the settlement the new access was made through the sea wall leading to the lighthouse and no more school groups are allowed. Only six visitors at a time.
“There are no lawsuits. Everything settled,” said Tamulevich. “We’re just thrilled to be going forward.”
News8 was among the first to get a look inside in very long time.
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“We’re happy to have the original type of railing back in place,” said Tamulevich who showed News8 the rope railing along the inside wall going up the staircase.
The lighthouse first built in 1761 and rebuilt in 1801 stands 89 feet tall.
“Oldest and the tallest on Long Island Sound as I’ve told you many times before,” said Tamulevich.
And she will tell others when she gives a tour today to a local parent and her kids who were part of one of the school groups no longer allowed.
“She wanted to be the first so she will be the first,” said Tamulevich.
And she won’t be the last.
“I see it from my bedroom window everyday so I’m anxious to go inside and take a look at it,” said Jason Apostoleris of New London.
For those walking up to the top they can gauge how far they have to go because the steps are all numbered. There are 119 steps to get up to the lantern room.
At the top there’s a view which rivals most others in the area.