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South of Boston/Plymouth have legendary lighthouses

Bird Island Light

Location: Entrance to Sippican Harbor, Buzzards Bay

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public and is best seen by boat. The facility: Private aid to navigation maintained by Bird Island Lighthouse Preservation Society at 2 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738; phone: 508-748-0550. The facililty: Lighthouse built 1819. Light flashes white every six seconds.

Ned's Point Light

Location: North side of entrance to Mattapoisett Harbor

Accessibility: The tower is open during July and August, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Contact Bert Theriault at nedspointlight@comcast.net for more information. The grounds are open to the public every day. The facility: Active Coast Guard aid to navigation; grounds are the property of the Town of Mattapoisett. Lighthouse built 1838. Light flashes three seconds of white alternating with three seconds darkness.

Butler Flats Light

Location: New Bedford Channel, mouth of Acushnet River

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. It can be seen from the shore along East Rodney French Boulevard, and from the ferries leaving New Bedford for Martha's Vineyard and Cuttyhunk. The facility: Active private aid to navigation. Maintained by City of New Bedford. Lighthouse built 1898. Light flashes white every four seconds.

Borden Flats Light

Location: Taunton River / Mount Hope Bay

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. It is best viewed from the Borden Light Marina in Fall River. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built 1881. Light flashes white every 2.5 seconds; fog signal is one blast every 10 seconds.

Duxbury Pier Light (Bug Light)

Location: Duxbury Bay, main channel to Plymouth Harbor

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. It can be seen distantly from the Plymouth waterfront but is best seen by boat. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation maintained by Project Gurnet and Bug Lights, P.O. Box 2167, Duxbury, MA 02331. Lighthouse built 1871. Light is two red flashes every five seconds; fog signal is one blast every 15 seconds.

Plymouth Light (Gurnet Light)

Location: Gurnet Point / Plymouth Bay

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. The Gurnet is accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicle from Duxbury Beach, but the road to the lighthouse is not open to the general public. There may be occasional open houses, including during Duxbury's Opening of the Bay festival in May. The facility: Active Coast Guard aid to navigation; lighthouse managed by Project Gurnet and Bug Lights, P.O. Box 2167, Duxbury, MA 02331. Lighthouse built 1843. Light flashed three times every 30 seconds with a red sector; fog signal is one blast every 15 seconds.

Minot's Ledge Light

Location: Cohasset Rocks, outside Boston Harbor

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. It can be seen distantly from points along the shore of Cohasset and Scituate, but is best seen by boat. The facility: Active Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built 1860. Light flashes white; fog signal is one blast every 10 seconds.

Palmer's Island Light

Location: New Bedford Harbor

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public except by special arrangement. It can be reached on foot at low tide via the hurricane wall in New Bedford Harbor, and can be seen from the ferry from New Bedford to Cuttyhunk Island. Maintained by the city of New Bedford. The facility: Lighthouse built 1849. Light flashes white, two seconds on, six seconds off.

Scituate Light

Location: Cedar Point, Scituate Harbor

Accessibility: The grounds around the lighthouse are open all year. The tower is open only during occasional open houses. The facility: Active private aid to navigation, managed by Scituate Historical Society, Scituate, MA 02066; phone: 781-545-1083. Lighthouse built 1811. Light flashes white every 15 seconds.

Clark's Point Light

Location: Fort Taber, Entrance to New Bedford Harbor and Acushnet River

Accessibility: Fort Taber Park and the Clark's Point Lighthouse are reached by following Route 18 in New Bedford to a traffic light at its southern end. Turn left at the light and continue for two miles to the park entrance. The fort and lighthouse are not open to the public, but good photo opportunities are available from the grounds. The facility: Maintained by the City of New Bedford. Lighthouse built 1869. Light is fixed white.