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Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket have legendary lighthouses


Great Point Light (Nantucket Light)
Great Point Light (Nantucket Light)

Location: Northeast point of Nantucket Island

Accessibility: From May to October, the Trustees of Reservations present a daily natural history tour at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge (phone: 508-228-5646). A naturalist guide leads participants on an over-sand vehicle tour through the salt marsh to learn about the geology, ecology, and history of the area and to climb the Great Point Lighthouse. The facility: U.S. Coast Guard active aid to navigation, leased to the Trustees of Reservations. Lighthouse built 1784. Light flashes white every five seconds.
gay head lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard
Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)

Location: Aquinnah (Gay Head) Cliffs, Martha's Vineyard

Accessibility: Sunset tours are offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from mid-June to mid-September. Tours are available from 90 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunset. Call the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society for more information at 508-627-4441 or 508-645-2211. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built 1856. Light alternates red and white flashes each 15 seconds.
West Chop Light

Location: Entrance to Vineyard Haven Harbor, Martha's Vineyard

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public, but good views are possible from the road. The facility: Active Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built 1891. Light is white, occulting every four seconds with red sector.
Cape Poge Light (Cape Pogue Light)

Location: Chappaquiddick Island

Accessibility: A 75-minute tour is available through the Trustees of Reservations (phone: 508-627-7689). Reservations are required. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. The lighthouse may be open to the public periodically in summer to those with their own four-wheel drive vehicles. Check at the gatehouses. Property managed by Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Chappaquiddick Island, Martha's Vineyard, MA; 508-627-9931. Lighthouse built 1893. Light flashes white every six seconds.
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Sankaty Head Light

Location: East coast of Nantucket

Accessibility: The grounds are open to the public but the lighthouse is not. Reaching the lighthouse from the ferry requires a car or bicycle. The facility: Active Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built 1850. Light flashes white every 7.5 seconds.
Brant Point Light

Location: Nantucket Island

Accessibility: The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is within walking distance of the ferry landing. The tower is not open to the public. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built 1901. Light flashes red, eclipsed every four seconds; fog signal is one blast every 10 seconds.
East Chop Light

Location: East side of Vineyard Haven entrance, Martha's Vineyard

Accessibility: Sunset tours are offered on Sundays from mid-June to mid-September. Tours are available from 90 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after. Contact the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society for details. The facility: Active Coast Guard aid to navigation. Maintained by Martha's Vineyard Historical Society, Box 827, Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539; phone: 508-627-4441. Lighthouse built 1878. Light is a three-second green flash alternating with three seconds of darkness.