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Undercover: Stories of Rum Running in Southold, NY


Join us for a tour at the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse where you’ll uncover the secrets of rum-running activities on the North Fork of Long Island during Prohibition. You’ll learn how the coves and waterways in the area were ideal debarking points for runners transporting liquor to local speakeasies and to NYC. Despite the 18th Amendment ban on alcohol, usage proliferated and local boatmen used their knowledge of the area to evade detection by the Coast Guard. Later, the practice became dangerous when hijackers, pirates and NYC mobsters became involved. There are also permanent exhibits on display relating to local maritime history, and tours to the top of the lighthouse tower are included with admission. Feel free to pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic tables on the grounds while admiring the outstanding view of the Long Island Sound. Tours begin at 11:30am and are offered through 4:00pm on weekends only. Additional $5 charge for non-resident parking.