Chatham Lighthouse

    Almost 200 years ago, President Thomas Jefferson appointed the first keeper of a lard-burning lighthouse to safely guide ships past Chatham.

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    Highland Light (a.k.a Cape cod light)

    "THIS LIGHT-HOUSE, known to mariners as the Cape Cod or Highland Light, is one of our "primary sea-coast lights," and is usually the first seen by those approaching the entrance of Massachusetts Bay from Europe.".

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    Lewis Bay Lighthouse (a.k.a. Hyannis Harbor Light)

    Hyannis, Massachusetts In service since 1849, this inner harbor lighthouse was in operation until 1929 when it was decommissioned and sold. It is now privately owned and visitors are not allowed.

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    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.

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    Travel Guide

    • Wood End Light 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 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 The Three Sisters lighthouse

      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) Stage Harbor 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 […]