Stage Harbor Lighthouse (a.k.a. Harding’s Beach Lighthouse)
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
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:
Five very good photos of the Stage Harbor Lighthouse can be seen here:
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