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 Nauset Light Preservation Society has a website detailing
the 1996 move of the Nauset Lighthouse to its present location: