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CAPE COD (HIGHLAND) LIGHT

State: MASSACHUSETTS
Location: EAST SIDE OF CAPE COD
Nearest City: NORTH TRURO
County: BARNSTABLE
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1797


Cape Cod (Highland) Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1995
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1857
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1987
  • Foundation Materials: CONCRETE & BRICK
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 66
  • Original Optic: FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1857
  • Present Optic: VRB-25
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1998
  • Height of Focal Plane: 183
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FIRST ORDER FRESNEL LARGELY DESTROYED DURING REMOVAL, SEGMENTS LOCATED IN MUSEUM
  • Has tower been moved? YES, 1996
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1797
  • Description: WOODEN TOWER
  • Fate/Disposition: REPLACED CA. 1831
  • 2. Construction Date: CA. 1831
  • Description: BRICK
  • Fate/Disposition: DISMANTLED CIRCA 1856
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN (REMOVED)
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1857
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: QUEEN ANN
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: NEW KEEPERS (1961, RELOCATED 1996), WALKWAY ATTACHES TOWER TO DWELLING, REMOVED: RADIOBEACON, GENERATOR SHED (1857)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/KEEPERS QUARTERS USED AS MUSEUM

Owner/Manager: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE) W/U.S. COAST GUARD ACCESS TO OPTIC

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site: Link

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #87001463
Name of Listing: HIGHLAND LIGHT STATION (LIGHTHOUSES OF MASSACHUSETTS TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

HABS/HAER Document? YES (MA-750)

Miscellaneous:
7TH LIGHT CONSTRUCTED BY U.S. GOVT.; SITE FOR RADIOBEACON EXPERIMENTS; MOVED IN 1996 BECAUSE OF CLIFF EROSION



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