Island Facts: Hangman Island
A barren rock outcrop with a small pebble beach serves as a resting-place for the gulls, ducks and other seabirds.
Visitor Facilities & Services
Natural History Overview
Sumac and other salt-tolerant herbaceous plants.
Survey in progress.
The island is composed of low granite and slate outcroppings and fine gravel beach. Rising three feet in elevation, the island is difficult to see at high tide. The island was larger and higher prior to quarrying in the colonial period.
No constructed water features.
Views and Vistas
Due to its low elevation, the island is difficult to see from other harbor islands or the mainland. The island is located between Wollaston Beach, Squantum, Moon, Long, Rainsford, Peddocks and Nut islands.
Did You Know?
Constructed in 1716, Boston Light on Little Brewster Island is the oldest lighthouse site in the country. British forces burned down the original lighthouse when they fled Boston in 1776. It was rebuilt in 1783 and is now open for visitors to Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. More...