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NAUSET LIGHT

State: MASSACHUSETTS
Location: CAPE COD - BOSTON APPROACH
Nearest City: NORTH EASTHAM
County: BARNSTABLE
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1838


Nauset Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1995
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1877
  • Is the Light Operational? YES (PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION)
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1952
  • Foundation Materials: CONCRETE (RE-ERECTED 1923)
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON W/BRICK LINING
  • Markings/Patterns: UPPER RED, LOWER WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 48
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1923
  • Present Optic: DCB-224
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1981
  • Height of Focal Plane: 102
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS AT SALT POND VISITOR CENTER, EASTHAM, MA
  • Has tower been moved? YES (1923 & 1996)
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1838
  • Description: THREE MASONRY TOWERS, 15 FEET HIGH, SET 150 FEET APART, PAINTED WHITE WITH BLACK LANTERN
  • Fate/Disposition: ABANDONED AND EVENTUALLY DESTROYED
  • 2. Construction Date:
  • Description: THREE WOODEN TOWERS, 22 FEET HIGH, SET 150 FEET APART, PAINTED WHITE W/BLACK LANTERNS
  • Fate/Disposition: IN 1911, 2 END TOWERS SOLD & REMOVED; CENTER TOWER MOVED BACK, PUT ON BRICK FOUNDATION & CONNECTED TO KEEPERS, 3RD TOWER SOLD 1923 (SEE THREE SISTERS)
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES (RELOCATED 1998)
  • Year Constructed: 1875
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: GOTHIC REVIVAL
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: BRICK OIL HOUSE (1892, MOVED 1996), GARAGE ATTACHED TO KEEPERS (1923, DEMOLISHED 1998), DETACHED GARAGE FOR KEEPERS CAR (1926)

Current Use: PRIVATE ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION / KEEPERS IS SUMMER COTTAGE

Owner/Manager: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE / NAUSET LIGHT PRESERVATION SOCIETY

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

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #87001484
Name of Listing: NAUSET BEACH LIGHT (LIGHTHOUSES OF MASSACHUSETTS TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
CURRENT TOWER WAS ONE OF TWO AT CHATHAM, MOVED TO EASTHAM IN 1923; TOWER MOVED 300 FEET IN 1996



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