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