Thrills and chills for youngsters of all ages will await visitors to the “Haunted Sheffield Island Lighthouse” on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10. The historic 140-year-old lighthouse will be transformed into a child-friendly haunted attraction (only two rooms will be dark) for the weekend. Games and crafts for young visitors also will be part of this island adventure presented by the Norwalk Seaport Association.
Author Stacy Lytwyn Maxwell,” will be on hand both days to autograph copies of her 350-page travel guidebook, “Consummate Connecticut: Day Trips with Panache.” Part of the proceeds from book sales will benefit the Norwalk Seaport Association.
After touring the haunted attraction, visitors can stroll along a nature trail through the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, hunt for “treasures” along the beach and play on the lawns surrounding the lighthouse.
“Haunted Lighthouse” activities are free, but participants must purchase ferry tickets -- $20.00 adults … $12.00 children ages 4-12 … $5.00 children ages 3 and younger. Reservations are recommended – 203-838-9444. NSA ferry cruises to Sheffield Island depart at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from the Seaport Dock, adjacent to the Stroffolino Bridge at the corner of Washington and Water Streets, South Norwalk. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase on the ferry.
Operating since 1979, the Norwalk Seaport Association has owned and maintained the Sheffield Island Lighthouse since 1986. The NSA ferryboat, G.W. Tyler, conveys visitors to Sheffield Island for tours of the National Historic Landmark lighthouse, special events and enjoyment of a walking trail through the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge. The Seaport Association provides environmental education programs that utilize Sheffield Island and its 4th floor classroom at 132 Water Street. In addition, the NSA offers a wide array of special events and community projects, the most highly-recognized being the annual NSA Oyster Festival, now in its 30th year. This event attracts 50,000-60,000 people over three days in early September and provides $240,000 in fund-raising opportunities for more than 20 other local non-profit organizations.