I got a feel for where I thought the
area of the lighthouse was, IDed the Oil House, and went into the Main Building to find
someone. On the way I encountered a barking Black Dog who escorted me to the front door,
barking all the way. I greeted him, which stopped his barking momentarily, but when he
realizes he didn't know me he continued his yap.
I met an old-time reservist named Bob
who introduced me to the Officer in charge Steve. I told Steve where I was from and that I
was researching the Lighthouse. He said he had been there about two years and really
didn't know much. I asked him if the building I saw was the old oil house, he said he
though it was just a paint storage shed. He said I probably knew more than he did but got
the keys to the shed and we were off.
As we got closer he said that I might be right as he was told the lighthouse
was originally in the area where the skeleton light tower now stood. There was a softball
field next to the tower and Oil House, and he said they were always finding red bricks
coming to the surface there. Yes, he thought they were from the Lighthouse!
We went inside the Oil House and it was in good shape and well maintained. It
had a sheet rock ceiling but in the front and back you could see the old wooden roof and
beams, and it was definitely the Oil House, as it was the same construction and type as
others I had seen locally at Cedar Island and Plum Island.