Cape Cod is filled with Lighthouses
Most people are drawn to lighthouses. Lighthouses symbolize safety and security to the seafaring traveler and have been around for thousands of years. In fact, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world was the Lighthouse at Alexandria. With today's technology including depth finders and GPS systems, lighthouses are no longer needed for navigation. Still, they remain today as reminders of that bygone era.
Destination: Cape Cod
What you will find here
A study of today's Cape Cod Lighthouses, their history, location and how to visit them.
Lighthouses are Everywhere!
From Bourne to Provincetown, Cape Cod Lighthouses can be found at all the important navigation points to mark dangerous shipping areas.
- Wood End Light
Near the very tip of Cape Cod, Wood End Lighthouse is now an unmanned light that sounds a horn to alert for fog. The lighthouse was built in 1872 and the adjacent oil house was built in 1896. This remote light can only be accessed by a long hike. If you go, be prepared for […]
- Wings Neck Lighthouse
Pocasset, Massachusetts On Buzzards Bay Built in 1849, Wings Neck Lighthouse helped with navigation into and out of Buzzard’s Bay. In 1914, the Cape Cod Canal was opened and Wings Neck Lighthouse was needed even more by the increase in sea traffic. An automated light on a separate tower was built in 1943 to replace […]
- The Three Sisters
Eastham, MA The Highland Light in Truro had one steady burning light. The Chatham Light had two towers, each burning a steady light. Mariners could tell where they were based upon whether they saw one light or two. In 1836, residents of Eastham wrote to the Boston Marine Society because of the many shipwrecks that […]
- Stage Harbor Lighthouse (a.k.a. Harding’s Beach Lighthouse)
Chatham, Massachusetts Built in 1880, Stage Harbor Lighthouse is Cape Cod’s youngest lighthouses. It was built at the entrance to Stage Harbor to help the Chatham Light since Chatham is one of the foggiest points on the East Coast. An automated light on a separate tower was built in 1933 and the Stage Harbor Lighthouse […]