The Three Sisters
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
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
Travel along Route 6
heading East towards Provincetown.
Turn right onto Nauset Road. (third traffic light after the
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:
More history of the Three
Sisters Lighthouses available at:
More Three Sisters
photos can be seen at: