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Mary Korpi

Mary Korpi is a docent at Horton Point Lighthouse and serves on the Board of Trustees at the Southold Historical Museum, overseeing the nautical museum in the lighthouse. For the last 22 years, she served as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at Nassau BOCES. She retired to the North Fork in June 2017 after working with people with special needs her entire career.

Mrs. Korpi was drawn to Stella Prince through her research into the lighthouse. She discovered that Stella was not even included on the Coast Guard's official list of women lighthouse keepers and set out to rectify that mistake. After many months of communication with the Coast Guard historian, Stella Prince was added to the list in February 2023.

Her book about Stella, The Lady Lighthouse Keeper, can be purchased at - Burton's Books, Greenport - Southold Historical Museum - Fire Island Lighthouse - Shelter Island Historical Society - Suffolk County Historical Museum - Southold Pharmacy - Jamesport Country Store - North Fork Chocolates, Mattituck - A Book Place Boutique, Riverhead - Barnes & Noble, Riverhead. Print and eBooks are available online at Lulu.com - Amazon.com - Barnes & Noble.com.

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The Lady Lighthouse Keeper


The Lady Lighthouse Keeper is a fictionalized account of Stella Prince (1867-1928), the only woman to serve as a lighthouse keeper at Horton Point Lighthouse in Southold, NY.

Stella is a woman who resists society's expectations and dedicates herself to a life of hard work out of a sense of duty.

The book is an intimate and relatable look at family life at a slower pace, set against the backdrop of the rigor required to maintain a lighthouse.

Stella lived at Hortons Point for more than half of her life, longer than anyone else, yet there was no record of her life. Through Stella, we experience the simple joys and hardships of lighthouse living on the edge of the Long Island Sound, outside the small community of Southold, NY.


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