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    Wood End Light

    Wood End Light

    Located miles about an hour and a half to the port of Provincetown, Wood End Light watchtower occupies several acres of sand dunes and there are no other structures in sight. It was lit for the very first time on November 20, 1872 to take the sailors to the lively port of Provincetown.

    The Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, known for its excellent work with the restoration and use of Race Point Light over the years, also serves as a guardian to Wood End and long point light. Before Cape Lighthouse was built in 1864, the day of markers were used to guide sailors along the treacherous End wooden bar. Then many boats and their crews fell victim to the wood end bar. Despite the construction of three lighthouses in Provincetown, including Iceland wood Light. Still there were many reports of recent shipwreck that occurred on treacherous bars.

    The Long Point Light Station, which was completed in 1875, is an identical design. Topped with a Fresnel lens of the fifth order, 39 meters high, square brick tower, pyramid was painted brown. A half guard wooden house plant was built next to the tower. In 1896, a new house replaced the wooden guard, in addition to a warehouse and an oil house, for the keeper.

    What you need to know about Wood End Light

    It was in 1896 that the first wooden structure house was built, as well as a warehouse and a small brick house for kerosene storage. This was after may ships fell victim to the treacherous bar and there was a concern that something needed to be done to avoid such disasters.

    • Automate in 1961: – After automation in 1961, the light station was unmanned except all buildings and the tower house and the oil were dismantled.
    • Eight days before Christmas in 1927, the S-4 Navy submarine and the Paulding Coast Guard collided half a mile south of Wood End Light. 40 men on S-4 died in the disaster. S-4 was charged three months later and was used to develop the most important safety measures for future submarines
    • At the tip of Cape Cod winters were hard and kept the Coast Guard from delivering supplies to the station. There was also the fact of the long distance from the lighthouse in the city, this sometimes added to bad weather contributed to supplies not being delivered on time.
    • The light station is equipped with a siren that sounds every 30 seconds
    • Wood end light was converted to be powered by solar energy in 1981. This helped save on spending on gas which was costly at the time and required constant labour to transport the oil and keep watch of the light house to keep refilling so that the lights keep functioning
    • It is possible for you to walk to the wood End of light through the breakwater, which was built in 1911, but the waves are sometimes violently during the flood. It is quite difficult for 30-45 minutes each way to the lighthouse. There is limited parking at the start of the walk. There is an extra walk of about 20 to 30 minutes from the center of the city.
    • The headlamp shows a flashing red light every 10 seconds at 45 meters above sea level, which is visible 13 NM. This enables ships at deep see to notice that they are approaching land or that they are passing near a harbor and need to be careful.

    Why visit this lighthouse

    Great experience on a hike when you love hiking. If you walk during low tide, you can walk on sand from Iceland Lighthouse on the Long Point Lighthouse tour, which is an additional 1 1/2 miles. The tour of the lighthouse and return to the first landing place is approximately 4 hours. With such a long hiking experience you are sure to have lots of time to bond with whoever you brought with you or meet new people who just came for the same experience. It is an experience of a lifetime that you just have to try if you willing.

    Boat rides and ferry services are available to go to the lighthouse where you can discover, experience and enjoy things such as historical tours, whale watching, fishing and other trips that enter the port of Provincetown and disembark. You are sure to have lots of fun and you wont regret having visited wood end light.

    As one of the international tourist capitals you will find many activities. Provincetown is one of the largest communities of artists in the state, with its numerous cultural events.

    Directions to the Wood End Lighthouse

    Take Route 6 to Provincetown Commerce (Route 6)

    Turn left onto the shopping street and follow to the end of the street where you can park near the breakwater

    To reach the lighthouse, you can hike and then another half mile through the sand to the lighthouse, the mile-long breakwater at low tide.

    The Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation was authorized by the Coast Guard to restore and maintain Wood End Light. It is still an active aid to navigation today.

    Finally, the Beacon Wood End Resort is located at the top of Cape Cod, near the port entrance Provincetown. It is part of the National Park of Cape Cod National Seashore. Coast Guard US keeps optics, which acts as an active navigation aid and is closed to the public. The country and the remaining structures are held by the Cape Cod chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. Light Station is restricted though you can access it using 4 wheel drive, but the National Park service won’t probably allow. So the only option you will be able to access the wood end light would be via hiking as even the boats will only pass close by and if you want to view it close hiking will be the best available option and the hike will be fun as you won’t be alone.

    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 hot sun,
    biting insects and no drinking water.


    Wood End Lighthouse with Race Point light
    in the background.

    For more information and photos of the Wood End Lighthouse,
    visit the webpage at the American Lighthouse Foundation.

    Wings Neck Lighthouse

    Wings Neck Lighthouse

    Staying in a lighthouse is one of the experiences that everyone looks forward to. At the Wings Neck Lighthouse, you get a historic, charming, and unique environment. In addition to that, you will have access to all the convenience that make a vacation great. Whether you are thinking about ocean view or other scenery, you will find them.

    Some history of the Wings Neck Lighthouse

    This tower was built in 1849, and was meant to control the heavy marine traffic that was traveling in Buzzards Bay, Port Wareham, and Sandwich. It is located on two acres of land that has deeded rights to a private beach. It assumed its real importance for several years after the Cape Cod canal was opened in 1914. The first lighthouse at Wings Neck was a typical Cape Cod designed light keepers house that has a lantern placed at the top. When there was a fire damage and other effects of general disrepair in 1889, it prompted the construction of a new lighthouse. That is the reason why the current keeper’s house, which consists of wooden hexagon towers, was built to replace the initial one.

    This was always seen as one of the most important lighthouses in the Atlantic for many years. This was before newer technology was adopted making some of the traditional functions obsolete. It was later sold by the government in 1947 to Frank and Irene Flanagan. This was their retirement property and they stayed there for long until the death of Irene in 1999. After that, it was renovated in 2003, and it s now available for rent.

    The space

    The property is completely renovated and is therefore available for vacation rentals. Although it still has the historic appeal that is synonymous with any lighthouse, there are modern aspects that have been Incorporated too. It was previously a US Coast Guard House and today, the light tower is still attached to a keeper’s house through a breezeway. The keeper’s house is a three bedroom house. If you want to see the Atlantic from the lantern room, you can climb a mahogany staircase that is spiral. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to explore all the rocky slopes that surround the lighthouse.

    The house is located at the tip of Wings Neck Point and that is the reason why it provides the most amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. The vistas that are located a few feet off the waters are a true reflection of the traditions of New England. Most guests love exploring the rocks that form part of the entrance to the house.

    When you walk through the doors of the lighthouse, you easily will notice that there is a lot of space for almost anything. The first floor plays host to a living room that is also attached to a very large eat-in kitchen. The Fieldstone fireplace makes it even better. It is the kind of space that reminds you of the large home that you have always wanted to own. In the kitchen, you also will find a large center island that has a breakfast bar. You also will like the fact that there is a comfortable family room that has twin sofas, a TV entertainment center, and sleeping accommodations that can accommodate eight people. The three downstairs bedrooms in the house provide for more room.

    There is a private gate that makes the property only accessible by residents and their guests. Because of this, there also is a private beach that can only be accessed by residents. What makes the house even better is that regardless of the room that you are in, you can get a spectacular view of the waters through every window. You also can see some unusual and interesting vistas of shipping every day thanks to the proximity to Cape Cod Canal. A rare view of the sunset can be enjoyed every evening because the property faces west. And after that, you can enjoy the early nights as you watch the waters too. It is the serenity, beauty and peace the lighthouse offers that have helped to make it even more popular.

    Although there is a private beach for residents, it should not make you to think that there are no other beaches. Within a short drive, you will find many other beaches that are worth visiting. For example, there is a small town called Pocasset that is only three miles away. Apart from finding beaches there, you also will find amazing restaurants as well as convenience stores. More excitement that is always associated with Cape Cod beaches can also be found in Falmouth and Sandwich. You can also enjoy a ferry ride to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. There, you will find lots of sights to see as well.

    Some information about staying at the Wings Neck Lighthouse

    The minimum rental period for anyone who wants to stay at this lighthouse is one week. This usually begin on Saturday afternoon and end the following Saturday morning. However, you can also find occasional long weekend accommodation especially during the off-season. As for the amenities, you have access to almost anything that you would get while at home, and even more. Cable TV is available as well as wireless internet. You can play your videos from a DVD player and two TV sets. In addition to that, you have a coffee maker, fridge, microwave, lobster pot, bikes, hair dryer, lawn chairs, beach toys, toasters and beach towels. The bathrooms are amazing too. Upstairs, you will find a full bathroom with a tub. The half bathroom downstairs has a washer and dryer. There also is an outdoor shower to give you than vacation feeling. Small functions are allowed at the lighthouse with a maximum of 40 attendees, and this is done under specific guidelines. You however need to contact the management before planning for this.

    For any guests that wants to rent the Wings Neck Lighthouse, it is important to note that the keeper’s house, which is attachment to the lighthouse, is where you will be staying.

    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 Wings Neck Lighthouse.

    The original lighthouse and keeper’s house is now privately owned
    and you should respect the owner’s privacy.
     

    Directions to Wings Neck Lighthouse

    Travel along Route 28 in Pocasset (Gen. Macarthur Blvd)
    to Barlows Landing Road.
    Follow this road, turning right onto Wings Neck Road.
    Follow to the end.

    A great history of the Wings Neck Lighthouse can be found at:
    http://lighthouse.cc/wingsneck/history.html


    Another page with history and photos of Wings Neck
    Lighthouse can be seen here:
    http://home.comcast.net/~debee2/mass/Wings.html

    Wings Neck Lighthouse can be rented by the week.  For more information and more photos:
    http://www.coastalliving.com/coastal/homes/guestbook/article/0,14587,1594453,00.html

    More Wings Neck information can be had at:
    http://home.comcast.net/~debee2/mass/Wings.html

    The Three Sisters

    The Three Sisters lighthouse

    Introduction

    The Three Sisters of Nauset are a trio of historic lighthouses off Cable Road in Eastham, Massachusetts. Falling prey to coastal erosion and decay brought by time and poor maintenance, they fell into sea in 1890 and were replaced by wooden towers on brick foundations in 1892. In 1911, two of the three Sisters were decommissioned. One of them, known as the Beacon, was moved back from the shoreline and attached to the keeper’s house. It continued to operate for some time, but ultimately, the Beacon was replaced by the Nauset Light, a new steel tower in 1923, which operates to this day. The Nauset Light Preservation Society operates, maintains and interprets the site, having signed a partnership agreement with the National Park Service since 2004.

    Visitors can currently tour the site on Sundays, from May to late October and also on Wednesdays during July and August.

    The History of the Three Sisters (286 words)

    In 1836, concerned Eastham residents petitioned the Boston Marine Society to recommend to the United States Congress the construction of the Nauset Lights, because of the many shipwrecks regularly occurring off shore. In response, the Congress granted $10.000 to build suitable lighthouses in Eastham, in order to provide a light halfway along the eastern coast of Cape Cod. The contract was awarded to Winslow Lewis, and soon enough three fifteen feet high masonry towers were built, in a straight line along the crest of the cliffs, painted white but with black lantern decks.

    They earned their nickname, the “Three Sisters” because when looked at from afar, they looked like black hatted women dressed in white.

    The Sisters’ slow decay

    For roughly fifty five years, the Sister’s did their job admirably, helping mariners and ships avoid shipwreck. As years passed, though, thee three Lights were getting dangerously close to the cliff’s edge. At the time, moving the three of them intact was deemed impossible and thus, it was decided they should be replaced. Three new and slightly larger wooden lighthouses, shaped to resemble the prototypes were raised thirty feet west of the original sites. They were heavily influenced by the first trio of towers, bearing identical markings and even using the lenses from the originals. The old towers were allowed to slowly fall into the Atlantic.

    The erosion continues yet the Beacon survives

    By 1911, the situation was getting worse and worse at the Nauset Light Station. Maintaining the three Lights was getting increasingly costly, and the erosion of the Nauset Cliffs would continue relentlessly. The northernmost Light had moved to only eight feet away from the cliff. It was then decided that the Lights had to be moved back again. Advances in technology allowed the moving of the center tower away from the cliff’s edge attached to the oil house. The other two towers Sisters were promptly set aside and decommissioned until a decision could be reached about their future.

    Meanwhile, the central tower up took the nickname the Beacon. It stood as the only remaining operating Light, with a triple flash every ten seconds, in honor of her other two sisters that were put away.

    The Beacon’s Replacement

    The Beacon served her purpose for years, but inevitably, she soon fell into disrepair. In 1923, the third, last Sister was put away. It was replaced by an old tower, constructed in 1877 as one of the two towers in Chatham, which later came to be known as the Nauset Light, the last in a long lineage of Lights.

    The Nauset Light was initially all white, but in the 40s, its top section was painted red. The Light has been automated, its keeper’s house sold since 1955. As the previous Lights before it, the Nauset Light too eventually fell prey to coastal erosion, being less than fifty feet away from the cliff on which it stood by the early 90s.

    After the public outrage following its proposed decommission by the Coast Guard in 1993, the Nauset Light Preservation Society was formed. The tower and its oil house were relocated further away from the cliff’s edge, and by 1997, the Nauset Light was back in working condition.

    To this day, the Nauset Light still stands under the protection and maintenance of the Nauset Light Preservation Society.

    What happened to the Three Sisters?

    After the first two of the Sisters, the Northern and Southern lighthouses, were decommissioned, they were sold at a public auction for the measly prize of $3.50. Their new owner, the Cummings family, first moved them to a site near the old French Cable station, before making some repairs.

    In 1918, having both their lanterns removed, they were moved and incorporated to  a summer cottage along Cable Road,  adjoined with a room which came to be known as the Twin Lights Cottage. The Twin Lights Cottage was subsequently used as a summer cottage and dance studio, until the Sisters were finally sold to the National Park Service in 1965.

    The Three Sisters’ reunited

    After the Beacon finally got replaced by the Nauset Light, it eventually got sold to Albert Hall, getting turned into a cottage until the National Park Service bought it in 1975 in order to finally reunite the Three Sisters together. Following their listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the three old towers were renovated to their current state, very close to their replacement, positioned in accordance with their original orientation. To this day they still stand, with regular tours taking place on them by the National Seashore Staff.

    Directions to the Three Sisters Lighthouses:

    If you’re interested in personally visiting the Three Sisters Lighthouses, you are in luck, as they are really easy to find. Just follow the subsequent directions and you’ll come across them:

    • Travel along Route 6, heading East towards Provincetown
    • Turn right onto Nauset Road – third traffic light after the Orleans/Eastham rotary.
    • Follow the Nauset Road and turn left to Cable Road, continuing to its end.
    • The three Sisters will be standing in a clearing on the left of the Cable Road.

    If you somehow reach Ocean View drive and the Nauset Light without seeing them, you’ve gone too far and should backtrack.

    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 were occurring offshore.
    In 1837, Congress appropriated the money to build a light in Eastham.

    To help mariners differentiate between the Highland Light in Truro to the
    north and the Chatham Light in Chatham to the south,
    it was decided to erect three towers and to burn three lights
    to mark the dangerous Nauset sand bars off of Eastham.

    These lighthouses came to be known as the Three Sisters, some say,
    because they resembled  three girls wearing white dresses and
    black hats.

    The Three Sisters were replaced in the 1920’s by the current
    Nauset Light which is still in operation today.  The Three Sisters
    can still be visited, however, because they have been preserved
    in a clearing near the Nauset Light.

    Directions to the Three Sisters Lighthouses:

    Travel along Route 6 heading East towards Provincetown.
    Turn right onto Nauset Road. (third traffic light after the
    Orleans/Eastham rotary)Follow Nauset Road and turn left
    onto Cable Road.  Go to the end of Cable Road.
    The three lighthouses will be in a clearing on the left.   If you
    reach Ocean View Drive, and the Nauset Light, you have gone too far.

    The history of Nauset Light and The Three Sisters
    makes interesting reading at:
    http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/nauset-light-history.html

    More history of the Three Sisters Lighthouses  available at:
    http://www.nps.gov/caco/historyculture/the-three-sisters-lighthouses.htm

    More Three Sisters photos can be seen at:
    http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=489

    Stage Harbor Lighthouse (a.k.a. Harding’s Beach Lighthouse)

    Stage Harbor Lighthouse

    What You Should Know About Stage Harbor Lighthouse

    Also known as Harding’s Beach Lighthouse, the Stage Harbor Lighthouse is one of the most noticeable landmarks in this area. It is the youngest lighthouse in Cape Cod having been built in 1880. For centuries, it has provided navigational aid to all sailors, and it has become one of the scenes that everyone wants to visit when they come to this area. If you are wondering why it is always associated with the history of Cape Code, it is because almost everything that has been developed in this area has a direct relation to it. The following are some of the facts that you may want to know.

    Accessibility

    Today, the lighthouse is a private property and therefore, it is not open to the public. You will have to get special permission in order to visit it. However, that does not mean that it is totally out of bounds. For example, school children and tourists often get access to tour the property after being cleared by the owners. To get such a chance, you will have to make inquiries early so that a specific date can be assigned to you. There however are some parts that may be restricted even if you have the permission to visible.

    If you want to view it without necessarily entering the gates, you can get the best views from Harding’s Beach in Chatham. From this point, you will see some of the amazing architectural work that is the lighthouse. Apart from that, you can get a wonderful view from the other side of the harbor towards the end of the Stage Neck Road. There also are various other points from where you can get views of the property depending on the specific aspects that you want to see.

    It was deactivated in 1933

    53 years after the Stage Harbor Lighthouse was constructed, it was deactivated. This brought to an end one of the operations that had become synonymous with the the area. What followed seemed like a transformation as almost everything seemed to change. The lighthouse itself had to change from its original lighting systems role to one that saw it become more of a monument. However, that does not mean that it became useless. In fact, it is this new role that has made it even more popular. Today, you only need to search for the best places to visit in this area, and the lighthouse will be among the top recommendations.

    After the deactivation and subsequent privatization, certain aspects of the Stage Harbor Lighthouse changed too. If you look at the pictures that were taken before deactivation and the current ones, you quickly will notice that there are variations starting with the exterior painting. For instance, the lantern was removed, and the tower was capped. You also will notice that e tower has become attractive because the current owners are keen on making it one of the most noticeable attractions in this area. In addition to that, the perimeter fencing has been reinforced, and that is the reason trespassing is not allowed.

    Construction materials

    The main materials used to construct this 48-foot tower is cast iron. At the time of construction, it was one of the best buildings around because not many structures were made using such materials. Because of the nature of cast iron, it had to take a long time to construct this tower, and that is the reason why it ended being one of the best constructions. In fact, it ended up laying the basis of the construction of many other iconic buildings that followed, thus helping to shape the skyline of the entire area.

    Apart from the main tower, there were also other structures that were made using a combination of various materials. The the boat shed and the keeper’s house were mainly made from wood, although other materials including cast iron were used. In addition to that, there was a separate outhouse that was made from concrete. The design was inspired by a foreign concept, mostly borrowed from the initial settlers in the area. After the deactivation, most of these extra structures were demolished to pave way for a whole new look lighthouse.

    Most keepers received commendations

    Despite the fact that this lighthouse was only operational between 1180 and 1933, most of its keepers ended up receiving commendations and efficiency stars. Because of the significant role that the tower played in shaping up the operations of the town, almost everyone who was put in charge of it was given special treatment. Alfred A. Howard, who was in charge between 1906 and 1916, was recognized severally for his effort to rescue boaters. Among his most memorable deeds is when he rescued four boaters from a boat that had ran out of gas, and brought them to safety. It was during the same time that he guided a yacht into the harbor because the captain was not familiar with the area.

    In 19913, Keeper Howard made another rescue. At that time, a boat belonging to a member of the nearby Monomoy Life Saving Station capsized in the rough waters. It was keeper Harding who made a daring rescue. Another one of his most daring rescues was a 1914 operation when he saved a horse that was stuck in Quicksands. This time, the owner of the horse wrote to the Lighthouse Board in Boston appreciating and recognizing the effort made by Howard to save his horse, as well as the other men that had accompanied him. He even specifically noted that the keeper had supplied his men with rubber boots and dry stockings.

    After the deactivation, the Stage Harbor Lighthouse went through a series of sales. The first owner was an army officer who bought it through an auction. Later on in 1936, the property was sold again. This time, the new owner was Henry Sears Hoyt. Although the property has changed ownership severally, it is still owned by the Hoyt family. One of the times when the family open it up for the public is during the Cape Cod Open Week in May.

    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 was decommissioned.
    The light at the top of the tower, the glass enclosure and
    the roof over it (called the lantern room) was removed
    and the keeper’s house and remaining tower was sold.

    It is now private property and you should respect the
    owner’s privacy.
    The lighthouse is best viewed from Harding’s Beach.


    Stage Harbor Lighthouse as it looked while operational.

    Directions to Harding’s Beach

    Travel along Route 28 to West Chatham.
    Turn onto Barn Hill Road and take second right
    onto  Hardings Beach Road.
    Follow to the

    A history of the Stage Harbor Lighthouse can be found at:
    http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/stage-harbor-light-history.html


    Five very good photos of the Stage Harbor Lighthouse can be seen here:
    http://www.lighthouse.cc/stageharbor/thumbs.html

    More information about Stage Harbor Lighthouse can be found at:
    http://www.nelights.com/exploring/Massachusetts/stage_harbor_light.html

     

    Race Point Light

    Race Point Light

    Introduction

    If Cape Cod is “the bent and twisted arm of Massachusetts, then Race Point is at the knuckles of the curved fingers. This Historic Lighthouse’s first rubble stone iteration was first lit roughly two hundred years ago, all the way back in 1816. Eventually it got replaced in 1876 with a substantially larger iron plated tower and a new keeper’s dwelling that remain standing to this day. It is registered on the National Register of Historic Places as Race Point Light Station and operated by the American Lighthouse Foundation. Two buildings – the Keeper’s House and the Whistle House – of the property are available for rent to visitors for overnight stays, since 1998 whereas tours are available, free of charge, on the first and third Saturdays from June until October from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

    History of Race Point Light

    More than two hundred years ago, as early as 1808, merchants and mariners of Provincetown kept asking for a Light to be raised in Race Point. Eventually, on April 27th of 1816, the United States Congress in response to the demands of the petitioners granted $8.000 in order to construct a suitable lighthouse at Race Point.

    Originally, the specifications called for an octagonal wooden tower standing twenty feet tall but those plans were soon altered. The lighthouse finally went into service on November 5th, 1816, laid with common lime mortar, standing twenty five feet of rubble stone tall, with its light twenty seven feet above mean high water. It was joined to a small, stone keeper’s dwelling. It was designed to be a revolving light, so that it would be distinguished from another Light on the Highland of Cape Cod.

    The Storm of 1841 and the evolution of Race Point

    Until 1841, the Race Point Light did its job admirably. It was then, though, that a tremendous storm swept Cape Cod. Truro, a town next to Provincetown lost seven vessels and fifty seven men in the storms. This disaster prompted people to inspect the Race Point Light. I.W.P Lewis, in particular, while recognizing the Light’s importance was very critical of its powers of illumination, deeming them too weak, and found the tower to be leaky, with no foundation.

    Race Point, thus, started undergoing substantial reworking and various improvements. Amongst others, a fog bell was installed in 1852. In 1855, its old lamps and reflectors were replaced by a new, fourth order Fresnel Lens. During those years, the whole tower was partly taken down and rebuilt, the woodwork was renewed, the roofs repaired, the chimneys partly rebuilt, the grounds graded.

    1875 and beyond

    Evidently though, these restoration efforts were not enough. In 1875 there were reports of substantial decay and rot. The old stone tower was replaced in 1876 by a 45 foot, brick lined, and cast iron lighthouse after the much needed funds ($ 2.800) were appropriated. The Fresnel Lens was moved to the new tower, and its illumination method changed from a flash to a fixed light. In the meantime, the original keeper’s house was torn down, and a new dwelling was built. Moreover, a new rainwater cistern was added in 1877.

    The electrification and automation of Race Point

    Many years passed until another important renovation of Race Point Light took place. The Lighthouse was electrified in 1957. In 1960, the keeper’s house was torn down another time, and the other, smaller house next to it was modernized. In 1972, following technological developments and advancements, the Light was automated, its Fresnel Lens removed, and a solar powered VRB-25 optic taking its place. In 1995, the surrounding property, including both houses, was leased to the American Lighthouse Foundation. The keeper’s house’s roof was repaired and the chimney got rebuilt by the International Chimney company.

    The Race Point Light Station today

    The Race Point properties are currently maintained by the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, a non-profit organization, funded primarily by donations and made up dedicated volunteer members with a mission to restore and preserve the Lighthouse, the Keeper’s house, the Whistle House, the Oil house amongst others.

    The Lighthouse is open for touring on the first and third Saturdays from June until October, open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and free of charge. Visitors can get to the Lighthouse either by walking, via a two mile hike from the parking lot at the Race Point Coast Guard Station or by vehicle, after obtaining a National Park Service Oversand Permit.

    Accommodations for approximately eleven people are available, with considerable amenities being included: A fully-equipped kitchen complete with a gas oven, two refrigerators and an outdoor grill. In addition, an outdoor shower is in place for the visitor’s convenience. Race Point boasts of environmental care and “green energy”, with even the backup generator using bio diesel fuel.

    It is important to state that people planning to stay overnight should bring bed linens, towels, food and drinking water, as these are not provided for the time being.

    Becoming a Volunteer Keeper at Race Point

    The Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation currently recruits volunteers who are interesting in helping the ongoing restoration, upkeep and maintenance of Race Point Station, Wood End and Long Point Lighthouses. For craft savvy, skilled volunteers, whatever their expertise the vast majority of maintenance projects is being accomplished during March and April.

    If a volunteer’s inclination leans more towards people rather than restoring the site, Cape Cod Chapter would welcome them as tour guides during the summer months. That would be a great opportunity to come across and get to know people from all around the globe, sharing the history of Race Point with them.

    Finally, should a volunteer wish so, they may apply to become a Race Point Lighthouse Keeper. To learn more about becoming Keepers, interested parties should download and read the Keeper’s Program Requirements. In addition, filling out a Volunteer Data Form is required, which has to be submitted to the appropriate address listed on the form.

    If Cape Cod is “the bent and twisted arm of Massachusetts,”
    then Race Point is at the knuckles of the curved fingers.
    This is one lighthouse that will let you spend an overnight
    in the keeper’s house!
    A light first began operating at Race Point in 1816 but
    the current tower was built in 1876.
    Today the light and fog horn are run by solar power.

    Tours of the lighthouse are given regularly during the
    the summer months.  Access to the lighthouse is via
    a two mile hike from the parking lot at the Race Point
    Coast Guard Station.

    For more photos and information about tours and overnight visits to Race Point,
    visit www.racepointlighthouse.net

    Also visit the American Lighthouse Foundation’s webpage
    about Race Point.

    An interesting page about the history of the Race Point Light
    can be found at http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/race-point-light-history.html

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    Nobska Point Lighthouse

    Nobska Point Lighthouse

    Nobska point is passed by a stream of ships crossing Vineyard Sound, Falmouth and borders the Elizabeth Islands to the north and south Vineyard Martha. In 1828, the US government bought four acres in Nobska point for $ 160 and the first lighthouse was built on the spot, a wooden structure that incorporates wax layers, at a price of $ 2,249.

    The original lighthouse was in the typical Cape Cod style with an octagonal tower over the house by a stone Guardian who had on the first floor three rooms and two small stairs up. The room is equipped with ten flashlights with reflectors fourteen inches, a solid white light seventy-eight meters above the sea.

    What you should know about Nobska Point Lighthouse

    The status of each beacon and the quality of the work manager has been evaluated by the lighthouse service at regular intervals. On November 1, 1838, Lieutenant Edward W. Carpe, US Navy, praised Peter Daggett, the first guardian of light, for his “reputation and orderliness. According to a contemporary newspaper “” Daggett was removed from the position in the summer of 1849 “because he is a democrat.

    A separate guardian house was also built in 1876. The Fresnel lens was upgraded to a fourth order in 1888 for greater purpose; This Fresnel is still in its place today and you can see when visiting the lighthouse.

    In 1875, the fog bell sounded in the unit was set up, and at the same year the Council Lighthouse pointed out that although they have made preliminary repairs, the station was in ruins and had to be rebuilt.

    In 1841 the first Fresnel lens was installed. Named after the French physicist Augustin Fresnel, these giant glass lenses are intelligently designed by a source to collect light to emit the center of gravity and a beam with a range of several nautical miles.

    In 1845, Daggett used 209 liters of oil and 130 gallons of oil of both summer and winter

    A fog signal building was designed to accommodate the nebula signal system, which was sounded when the visibility fell less than five miles

    During the 1930s and 1940s they introduced technological advances. A radio tower was built in 1937 for the triangulation camp Cleveland Ledge and Butler Flats New Bedford built

    Bright wood structure has been working for 38 years and was replaced in 1876 by the present lighthouse is 40 meters high, which was established in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

    1905 added to a second carrier housing; Structure of wooden floor structure 1 ½ built at a price of $ 6000. In 1919, current reached Cape Cod and the light was electrified with 150-watt bulb, which made sure that oil was no longer used.

    Why visit Nobska Lighthouse

    Falmouth offer, close to many recreational activities resting on its clean beaches, sailing, horseback riding. There are also many art galleries, antique shops and museums in the area, to enjoy your taste. The Cahoons Museum of American Art is housed in an old colonial hacienda, collections of Cahoons folk paintings, and a selection of collections of ancient and contemporary art from America. Cape Cod Children’s Museum offers fun exhibits, including a 30 foot pirate ship climbing structure, a medieval castle and an inflatable planetarium.

    Close to Woods Hole is a small town that comes to life with many restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, educational institutions and attractions, beautiful gardens and panoramic summer views. This exquisite environment is something you shouldn’t miss if you want to relax and get lost in the natures amusement.

    If you are tired of walking you can take the tram. If you enjoy cycling or walking, use the Shining Sea Bikeway that runs around the areas of Falmouth and Woods Hole with splendid views of landscapes. If you have spent the entire day with people and feel like taking a walk alone so as you can have the inner peace and enjoy the quietness. Then Nobska offers just that as the surrounding environment is filled with vegetation and has nice fresh air breeze.

    Also for the whole family, you can get by practicing the Ocean Quest training education program in marine life, here bring the kids in a part of the 60 transform fishing boats that move on the lobster traps to Different kinds of natural cruises are also offered. You will be sure that you and your family will have a great time and will live to remember the experience for eternity.

    Direction to Nobska Lighthouse

    Falmouth

    Take Route 28 to Falmouth and then turn south along the side of the street.

    At the end of the road, turn right onto Surf Beach Road.

    Follow the road to the beach a mile and a half on Oyster Pond Road.

    Turn left onto the road and follow the Nobska lighthouse.

    Bourne Bridge

    Go around the roundabout and exit towards MA-28 via the second roundabout in Falmouth. MA-28 narrows to become Locust Street, which goes only through Falmouth and Woods Hole Road. Go 5km to Woods Hole Road, then turn left onto Church Street, which becomes Nobska Road. The lighthouse is left after the beach.

    Hyannis Directions

    Take the Cape Route Route 6 MA Middle, North to Exit 1C (Sandwich / Route 6 N). Turn left onto Route 6 west of the roundabout onto Bourne Bridge. Follow the instructions below for Bourne Bridge.

    Providence/New York

    Follow 95 North. Take I-195 East Providence (Exit 20). Follow I-195 East to the Cape Cod / Islands Exit (Exit 22A). Take exit 25 off the road heading south and cross the Bourne Bridge to the roundabout.

    Finally this is a great place to visit as you will have lots of places to visit and the activities involved are so wide that will surely meet the expectations of everyone. Doesn’t matter if you are alone or you are a family person or you just going out with friends, everyone is sure to like something at the end of the day and you will not regret for having spent any coin on such a trip.

     Woods Hole, Massachusetts

    Established in 1828, this lighthouse served to protect boating
    in Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay.  Today, most people
    view the lighthouse from a passing ferry boat as they
    travel from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard.


    Click on image above to read text.

    Directions to Nobska Point Light:

    • Travel along Route 28 into Falmouth.
    • In Falmouth Center follow signs for the
      Woods Hole Ferry Terminal by
      turning right onto Woods Hole Road.
    • Turn left onto Church Street and follow it to the Lighthouse.

    A great history of the Nobska lighthouse can be found at:
    http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/nobska-point-light-history.html

    More information about the Nobska Lighthouse can
    be found here :
    http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/nobska.html

    A number of photos of the Nobska Lighthouse, can be found at:
    http://lighthouse.cc/nobska/thumbs.html

    Nauset Light

    Nauset Light, is the most famous and photographed lighthouse on Cape Cod, is located within the Cape Cod National Coast. It is an important part of Easthams cultural and maritime history. Nauset Light is helping private fleets and uses of small sailing boats that sail near the coast it is also important to note that the lighthouse is no longer under the auspices of the United States Coast Guard.

    What lead to the construction of the lighthouse: –

    Many ships were destroyed at the Nauset Bar at Sea, which provoked inhabitants in 1836, in Eastham to write to Marine society of Boston, to request a lighthouse for Nauset Beach, on the Atlantic coast of the Cape, halfway way between Highland Light in Truro and the two lights in Chatham. The Congress approved in March 3, 1837 the construction of the lighthouse to stop the wrecking of ships as it allocated $ 10,000 for the new station.

    Nauset Lighthouse is located just on nauset road from Cable Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore near Eastham, Massachusetts. The history of the Nauset lighthouse is inextricably linked to the two sisters Nauset Light and Chatham lights. In 1923, the tower remains from the light station three sisters had deteriorated to the point that repair was not necessary. In 1911, the Nauset cliff had eroded the eight-foot span of the north tower, and the Lighthouse Office decided to switch to a single light. The three sisters retreated from the edge of the cliff. Nauset lighthouse was fitted with lights that crossed three times every 10 seconds this was a homage to the three sisters, and the second home in 1876 connected. The original house was removed. The only light was commissioned on June 1, 1911. The new Light Nauset received the fourth order Fresnel lens from the remaining tower of the three sisters. The lantern was then propelled by kerosene.

    In the 1980s, the strength of the waves and violent storms had eaten the nearby cliff and threatened Nauset Lighthouse. Through the efforts of the Nauset Preservation Society the light house which was around eighty tons and 336 feet was safely shifted from the edge by help of the International Fireplace Flare Corporation and Expert Movers. The movement, which lasted two days and began on November 16, 1996, was much easier than the task of moving the Cape Mountain lighthouse, which the two companies had already done a year earlier.

    Nauset Lighthouse was automated in 1955 by the United States Coast Guard, and sold to the porter. In 1981, modern Aerobeacons replaced the fourth-order Fresnel lens, currently the National Coast Visitor Center is shown on Eastham on Cape Cod.

    The house of the keeper was removed from the edge of the cliff, and placed near the cast iron tower. The 48-foot tower was painted white until the 1940s, when the upper half was painted red to increase visibility during day time.

    In 1998, Mary Daubenspeck agreed to give 1,875 dwelling house of the keeper to the National Park Service, but she reserved thr right to use the house for twenty-five years. In October of the same year the dwellin house of the keeper, which was only seven feet from the edge of the cliff, was also move across the street and met the tower, where the same orientation and relative position were kept in front of the lighthouse, although Daubenspeck did not live long to enjoy the new place as she died in March 2001.

    The property of the lighthouse went to Cape Cod National Seashore. In May 2004, a collaborative agreement was signed between the National Parks Service and the Nauset Conservation Society. According to the agreement, the NLP will keep the lighthouse going as an aid to private navigation and is responsible for maintaining the tower and the oil house

    More information about Nouset Lghthouse

    The nauset lighthouse is serving as an active light to navigators or mariner. This has helped reduced the number of accident involving ships or sailors.

    The lighthouse was immortalized in a painting by Edward Hopper and is now a poster child for local fundraising. This has made it possible for those in charge of conserving the lighthouse to raise funds to maintain the lighthouse.

    The picturesque Nauset lighthouse is the iconic symbol of Cape Cod. Well Cape Cod is now identified with the lighthouse. Just mention the Nauset lighthouse and someone will take you to Cape Cod.

    For $ 100 every two years, residents can purchase a vehicle license plate with an image of Nauset Lighthouse to take advantage of special projects on Cape Cod and the islands.

    Nausets red and white tower, bags are now the hot deals in the local supermarkets as they are used to pack potato chips that are sold in the local supermarkets

    How to get there is not that hard. You will just take route 6 Street Support (third traffic signal Eastham / Orleans). Turn right on Brackett road. Go to the end and turn to Nauset Road. Take the first right on the road through cable. At the end of the cable route, turn left at the Ocean View Drive car park. Keep walking on the way of Nauset light.

    Nauset Light Preservation Society is funded exclusively by donations and local partners. When you visit the lighthouse, please do everything you can to keep Nauset light to maintain and open for many years to the public. Nauset light is free for the public. You can visit anytime you are free and you can climb to the top of Nauset light, visit the viewing room and learn about the history of the lights. Even though it might be on a holiday that you decide to visit there is a possibility that people will visit more, and you will have to wait your turn. Don worry it won’t take much of your time waiting as the visit to the top is a short one and you could always come back when there are less people if you want to stay up there for long and take photos for memory.

    Nauset Light, Eastham, MA

    This red and white tower is an easily recognized logo
    on bags of Cape Cod Potato Chips.


    The only way up the tower is via this circular staircase.


    The double spinning lamps atop Nauset Light

    Directions to Nauset Light:

    Follow Nauset Road and turn left
    onto Cable Road.  Go to the end of Cable Road and turn left
    onto Ocean View Drive.  The lighthouse will then be visible.

    The history of Nauset Light and The Three Sisters
    makes interesting reading at:
    http://lighthouse.cc/nauset/history.html

    For more photos and information Nauset Light,  visit:
     http://www.rudyalicelighthouse.net/MassLgts/Nauset/Nauset.htm

    The National Park Service (Cape Cod National Seashore) has
    interesting information about Nauset Light and Nauset Light Beach at:
    http://www.nps.gov/archive/caco/places/nausetlightbeach.html

    The Nauset Light Preservation Society has a website detailing
    the 1996 move of the Nauset Lighthouse to its present location:
    http://www.nausetlight.org/

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    Monomoy Point Lighthouse

    Monomoy Point Lighthouse

    Chatham, Massachusetts

    Established in  1823, the Monomoy Point Lighthouse helped sailors
    navigate around the neck that hangs from the elbow of Cape Cod.

    After 100 years (in 1923), it was determined that the powerful
    lighthouse in Chatham was sufficient.  Sea traffic around
    outer Cape Cod had lessened since the opening of the
    Cape Cod Canal in 1914 so the Monomoy Point Light
    was deactivated.

    In the past overnight visits to the lighthouse were arranged via the friends
    of  the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge group. Unfortunately the last
    few winters and vandalism have required many costly repairs and
    currently, in the interest of public safety, visitors are not allowed
    to stay in the lighthouse or keepers house.

    The lighthouse itself was built in an area that is difficult to get to.
    During the summer season, there are ferry services that will
    take you to Monomoy and back.  One such service is:
    http://www.monomoyislandferry.com/
    another Monomoy ferry service is:
    http://www.outermostharbor.com/

    These ferry services will take you to North Monomoy and
    you should plan on doing a fair amount of hiking if you
    plan on getting to the lighthouse.

    A great history of the Monomoy Point Lighthouse can be found at:
    http://lighthouse.cc/monomoy/history.html


    Five very good photos of the Monomoy Point Lighthouse can be seen here:
    http://lighthouse.cc/monomoy/photo1.html

    Photos of Hardings Beach and Stage Harbor Lighthouse can be found at:
    http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/182336341usgVVG?start=0

    Long Point Light

    Long Point Light

    Marking the entrance to Provincetown Harbor, Long Point
    Lighthouse is an unmanned light.  It is 38 feet tall and
    shines a green light.  A fog sensor activates the fog horn.
    The lighthouse was built in 1875 and the adjacent oil house
    was built in 1904.  This remote light can only be accessed by
    foot or boat.  It is now illuminated via solar panels.


    Telephoto lens makes Long Point Lighthouse look
    closer to Provincetown center than it really is.

    For more information and photos of the Long Point Lighthouse,
    visit the webpage at the American Lighthouse Foundation.

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

    Lewis Bay Lighthouse

    The lighthouse is listed as Lewis Bay Lighthouse, but it is now called Hyannis Harbor Light.

    In the early 1800s Hyannis was a busy fishing and commercial port, and in 1840 more than 200 Hyannis men and their ships had arrived to Hyannis and called it home. To mark the port entrance, the Gammon Point Lighthouse was built in 1816 on the southern tip of the Big Island. As Hyannis kept growing and fishing activity kept increasing, there was demand for a lighthouse to sailors around treacherous waters is light Hyannis Harbor. This marks the right port, but it did little to guide ships in the inner harbor.

    The conical brick tower was only 19 feet at the base of the lantern and was crowned with a room of the aviary style lantern. Inside the lantern were five oil lamps and reflectors that the guardian put into service on May 7, 1849th. It was a fixed white light with a red area, which guided the ships from the dangerous southwest sound. It will take several years before Congress did authorized a lighthouse at Hyannis Port. A law of August 15, 1848 announced $ 2,000 for the construction of the tower.

    What you need to know about Hyannis Port

    The first light was displayed as a hanging lamp in a window of a cottage for a number of years by Daniel Hallett in front of the house a lighthouse was built, where he was appointed guardian in the 1849th

    The first guard, Daniel Snow Hallett worked for a salary of fifteen dollars a month and lived in a separate house in the neighborhood, as no living room was made available. But luckily he was not living far either this enabled him do his daily work and be able to return home in time as he lived in the nearby neighborhood.

    So as to ensure he does not spend much for maintenance of the light, Daniel Snow Hallett often used sell printed instructions to safely navigate to Hyannis Port. Most Hallett was often assisted by his son, Daniel Bunker Hallett, who would go with his dog pilot to the lighthouse. The boy would stay until morning, light, then go home before breakfast, then go to school

    It was a law dated September 28, 1850 $ 800 that then set for appropriated a wooden guard apartment. This ensured that Hallett had a house as guardian. Before then Hallett hard to do lots of moving around to keep the harbor functioning. For example he had to ensure the early in the evening he goes to turn on the light and switch it off in the morning or when it was foggy he had also to keep the light lit.

    In the 1850s, the lighthouse at Hyannis Harbor was converted into a more efficient Fresnel Fresnel. 1856 Due to the small size of the lantern, it was removed aviary in 1863 and replaced with a larger cast iron lantern. Lewis Bay was so busy and it kept receiving many ships so it was necessary that the light house be upgraded to meet the purpose.

    The current owners, Janice Hyland and Alan Granby, owners of Hyland Granby Antiques bought the site in 1985. The new owners made changes inside by renovating, peeling plaster, replacing rotting wood, pulling the carpet and Kitchen conversion included. This new owners have made a lot of changes for it to meet the modern lifestyle but still the light house looks so amazing even from a distance and you can always still stand at the beach and take nice photos of the lighthouse.

    The first owners or keepers did not stay long as keepers of the Lewis lighthouse. This was not that they wanted so but it was due to political reasons since at the time politics in the U.S was not as advanced as is now.

    Why visit Hyannis Port

    There are lots of reasons to visit Hyannis port all you need is to select what to do first or where to visit first. Some of the activities you can do include:-

    You can visit the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory and taste the final results or purchase tickets at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, which offers many acts of music and theater during the summer season.

    For a unique land and adventure of water, take a ride on the Cape Cod mobile duck

    Hyannis is the largest city of Cape Cod with many leisure activities, as well as surrounding cities to a wide range of cultural events and festivals, lots of nightlife and music, museums and miles of beaches Area.

    You can observe the whales of Barnstable, north of Hyannis.

    There are a variety of museums to explore such as the Maritime Museum, the John F. Kennedy Museum, the Classic Sports Toad Museum Auto Museum, various art museums such as the Cahoon Museum of American Art, or visit the museums Heritage and Gardens, near Sandwich, The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra performs in Barnstable’s Cape Cod Performing Arts Center, Cape Cod’s premier concert hall in Hyannis

    How to get to Hyannis Harbor

    From Boston to the south, take Route 3 South to Route 6 on Sagamore Bridge to Exit 6, Route 132 to Hyannis

    From the intersection of Highways 132 and 28 north of Hyannis, turn south on Hyannis-Barnstable Road.

    Continue on Ocean Street Gosnold Street.

    Turn right onto Gosnold Street and proceed to the Harbor Road

    Turn left onto Harbor Road, where the lighthouse on the right is at the end of the road.

    Note that this is a private property. Hence keep off as you may get to trouble or even get yourself arrested for trespassing and you will not want that for all the good reasons. Since the property is privately owned accessed to the tower and grounds is not possible unless you are a friend of the family. But do not worry as you can always be able to have a great view of the lighthouse from the beach or as you stand across the road.

    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.

    This lighthouse is easily seen since the ferry boats,
    departing to and returning from Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard,
    travel right by it.


    Hyannis Harbor Lighthouse as it looked in the 1800’s.

    A great history of the Hyannis Harbor Lighthouse can be found at:
    http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/hyannis-harbor-light-history.html


    For current  photos of the Hyannis Harbor Lighthouse go to:
    http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=484

    More information about the Hyannis Harbor Lighthouse can be found at:
    http://www.us-lighthouses.com/displaypage.php?LightID=77