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Cape Cod has the most legendary lighthouses of them all

West Dennis Light at the Lighthouse Inn

1 Lighthouse Inn Road West Dennis, MA Phone:

On Lighthouse Inn Road

Accessibility:The lighthouse, built in 1855, is now part of the Lighthouse Inn, operating spring through fall.
The facility: The light went into service in April 1855, with a fifth-order Fresnel lens, but it was extinguished in 1914, when it was deemed unnecessary. The property was sold to the Harry K. Noyes family and used as a summer home. In 1938, State Senator Everett Stone bought the property as a home and he and his wife entertained overnight guests at the lighthouse so often they opened it to the public as the Lighthouse Inn. In the summer of 1989 the Stone family had the lighthouse re-lighted as a seasonal aid to navigation. It was officially designated West Dennis Light and it operates each summer.

Highland Light on Cape Cod National Seashore

Highland Road North Truro, MA, 02652 Phone: 508-771-2144

Location: Cape Cod National Seashore, east side of Cape Cod

Open: The grounds are open year-round; the lighthouse is open from May 1 to late October. Directions: From the south, take State Route 6 and turn right east on Highland Road. Watch for signs to Highland (Cape Cod) Light. Follow the signs to the lighthouse.
The facility: The building houses an Interpretive Room where guests can watch a 10-minute video showing the history of the lighthouse. An observation deck is located at the edge of a cliff 120 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Gift shop in the keeper’s house. Guided tours of the lighthouse tower are offered by the Truro Historical Society daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. This lighthouse is an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation, owned by Cape Cod National Seashore. Built in 1797 and reconstructed in 1857, Cape Cod Highland Lighthouse is the oldest and highest lighthouse on Cape Cod. Highland House (home of the Truro Historical Museum) is a short walk from the lighthouse.

Nauset Light

Ocean View Drive Eastham, MA, 02642 Phone: 508-240-2612

Location: Ocean View Drive

Open: In 2010, open all Sundays from May 9 through October 31. Also open on Wednesdays in July and August. Tours held 1-4 p.m.
Directions: Take Route 6 to Bracket Road; turn right onto Bracket Road. Follow to end and turn left onto Nauset Road. Take first right onto Cable Road. At end of Cable Road, turn left onto Ocean View Drive.
The facility: The current beacon at Eastham was originally built in 1887 as one of the twin lights at Chatham. In 1923, it was moved from Chatham to replace the last of the Three Sisters Lighthouses. Erosion threatened the survival of the lighthouse, and in 1993 the Coast Guard proposed decommissioning it. The Nauset Light Preservation Society financed a project to move the lighthouse further inland. By 1996, the light was moved away to its present location. It is located in the Cape Cod National Seashore and managed by the preservation society.

Point Gammon Light

Great Island, entrance to Hyannis Harbor West Yarmouth, MA, 02673 Phone:

Location: Entrance to Hyannis Harbor

Accessibility: The land surrounding the lighthouse is privately owned and is not open to the public. The best views are from the water.
The facility: Station established and present tower built in 1816; discontinued in 1858

Long Point Light

Provincetown Harbor Provincetown, MA, 02657 Phone:

Location: Cape Cod Bay / Provincetown Harbor

Open: The grounds are open to the public, but the lighthouse is not. Accessibility: Long Point is accessible in summer from Provincetown via a boat shuttle run by Flyer's. The lighthouse can also be reached after a long strenuous hike across a breakwater to Wood End, then across sand to Long Point. The facility: This lighthouse is an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Station established in 1826; current lighthouse tower built in 1875. The lighthouse operates a fixed green light; the foghorn sounds once every 15 seconds.

Chatham Light at Chatham Harbor

Shore Road Chatham, MA, 02633 Phone: 508-430-0628

Location: Chatham Harbor, southeast corner of Cape

Open: In 2007, open from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on June 6 and 20; July 4, 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; September 5 and 19; October 3 and 17; open from noon to 2 p.m. on December 31. Directions: From State Route 28, bear southwest at the Chatham rotary to Main Street. At the end of Main Street, turn right onto Shore Road.
The facility: This lighthouse is a U.S. Coast Guard station and an aid to navigation. The lighthouse and keeper’s house were built in 1808; it consisted of two lights to distinguish it from Highland Light in Truro. In November 1870 a nor’easter smashed the barrier beach and started a pattern of erosion that would later undermine 228 feet of land in front of the lighthouse. In 1877 two new lighthouses and a keeper’s house were built west of the road. Within the next four years, the earlier lighthouses toppled into the sea. In 1923, the north tower was moved to Nauset in Eastham to replace one of the Three Sisters lighthouses. During a nor'easter in October 1991 part of the overlook and parking lot washed away, but the overlook has been restored.

Nobska Point Light at Woods Hole Harbor

Church Street Woods Hole, MA, 02543 Phone:

Location: Church Street

Open: The grounds are open year-round; the lighthouse tower is open in 2007 on April 14; May 19; June 2; July 5 and 19; August 2, 11, 16, and 30; December 1. Directions: Follow State Route 28 through Falmouth. From the north, turn right on Woods Hole Road (from the south, turn left and follow signs to Woods Hole). Travel three miles and turn left on Church Street. Parking in front of the lighthouse.
Information: E-mail Abtda@aol.com.
The facility: Tours offered from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Admission is free. Attendance is heavy and it is not uncommon to wait an hour or more to tour the lighthouse. Early arrival is recommended. Station established in 1829; present tower built in 1876. Light flashes white every six seconds; fog signal is two blasts every 30 seconds. The keeper's house is home for the commander of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England.

Monomoy Point Light

Location: South end of South Monomoy Island

Accessibility:The Monomoy Island Ferry offers a variety of trips, including visits to the island. The Friends of Monomoy may offer programs that include an overnight stay in the keeper's house; call 508-945-0594 for current information.
The facility: Station established in 1823; present lighthouse and keeper’s house built in 1849; deactivated in 1923. The property is now managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sandy Neck Light

Location: Entrance to Barnstable Harbor, Cape Cod

Accessibility: The lighthouse is privately owned and is not open to the public. It is best seen by boat and can be seen from whale watches leaving Barnstable Harbor. The facility: The station was established in 1826; present tower was built in 1857 and deactivated in 1931. The keeper’s house, built in 1880, still stands.

Cleveland Ledge Light

Cleveland Ledge Channel Buzzard's Bay, MA, 02532 Phone:

Location: Cleveland Ledge Channel, Buzzards Bay

Open: The lighthouse is not open to the public and is best viewed by boat. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Station established and current lighthouse tower built in 1943. Light flashes white every 10 seconds and fog signal is one blast every 15 seconds.

Wood End Light

Entrance to Provincetown Harbor Provincetown, MA, 02657 Phone:

Location: West End of Provincetown

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public, but the property can be reached by foot across the breakwater from Provincetown's West End. The facility: This lighthouse is an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Station established and present lighthouse built in 1872. Fog signal is a horn (originally a bell), one blast every 30 seconds

Tarpaulin Cove Light

Location: Naushon Island (Elizabeth Islands)

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public and is best seen by boat.The facility: Active Coast Guard aid to navigation. Managed by Cuttyhunk Historical Society, PO Box 165, Cuttyhunk, MA 02713; phone: 508-971-0932 (summer). Lighthouse built 1891. Light flashes white every six seconds.

Wing's Neck Light

Location: East side of Buzzards Bay

Accessibility: The lighthouse and grounds are not open to the public. It is best seen by boat. The facility: The lighthouse is available for rent. Contact Wing's Neck Lighthouse Trust at 508-460-0506. Lighthouse built 1890.

Race Point Light, northern tip of Cape Cod

Race Point Road Provincetown, MA, 02657 Phone: 855-722-3959

Location: Northern tip of Cape Cod

Open: Public tours change from year to year, but generally they are held twice a month, June through September, and once in October. The grounds are open year-round. Accessibility: Visitors can reach the lighthouse by parking at Race Point Beach and walking to the lighthouse (about 45 minutes). Visitors can also use their own four-wheel drive vehicle or contact Provincetown dune tour operators.
The facility: Gift shop is open. The keeper's house is available for overnight stays from spring through fall. Oversand transportation to Race Point is offered to the public on Mariner’s Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the entire Light Station is open to tours. Donations are warmly welcomed. (Last ride to the lighthouse is at 2 p.m.)
This lighthouse is an aid to navigation, maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Race Point Light began operating in November 1816 and was one of the earliest revolving lights. A keeper’s house was built in 1840 and another was added in 1876; a fog bell was installed in 1852.
Information: www.racepointlighthouse.org/

Three Sisters of Nauset

Cape Cod National Seashore Eastham, MA, 02642 Phone: 508-771-2144

Location: Off Nauset Road

Accessibility: The lighthouse grounds are open year-round as part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Ranger-guided tours of the buildings are offered during the summer months. Directions: State Route 6 to Eastham; turn right on Nauset Road. Follow signs to Nauset Lighthouse.
The facility:The original lighthouse at Nauset was built in 1837, and was constructed as three brick towers to distinguish it from the single light at Highland and the twin lights at Chatham. In 1892, three movable wooden towers were built to replace the original brick towers, which later were undermined by erosion and toppled into the sea. In 1911, because of continuing erosion, the central tower was moved and the north and south towers were taken out of service. The central tower served until 1923, when the north tower at Chatham Light – one of the original Chatham twins -- was moved to Eastham. It replaced the last of the original three sisters, which was sold. Between 1965 and 1975, the National Park Service purchased the three original sisters; in 1983, the three towers were moved to a site about a quarter mile from their original location and restored.

Hyannis Harbor Light (South Hyannis Light)

Hyannis Harbor Hyannis, MA, 02601 Phone:

Location: Hyannis Harbor

Open: The lighthouse is privately owned and is not open to the public. The best views are from the water or from nearby Keyes Beach.
The facility: Station established: 1849; Present tower built: 1849; Deactivated: 1929

Stage Harbor Light

Location: Stage Harbor, Harding's Beach, Nantucket Sound

Accessibility:The lighthouse is privately owned and is not open to the public. Good views are possible from Harding's Beach.
The facility: Station established and keeper’s house and tower were built in 1880; deactivated in 1933. Keeper’s house still stands.