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Historic Lighthouses and Light Stations
Few images are as evocative as a lighthouse standing sentry on a rocky shore, the guardian of mariners and passengers as they navigate the formidable currents, fierce storms, and shifting shoals of America's coastal and inland waterways. Since the establishment of the first lighthouse in America at Boston Harbor in 1716, lighthouses have played a critical role in providing safe passage for all maritime activities. Although their form and appearance vary according to region or the body of water they guard, the lighthouse remains one of the most recognizable images of the maritime world.
Click on a highlighted state on the map or the list below to find historic lighthouses and light stations.
We have noted if a lighthouse or light station is in a national park unit, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, or has been designated a National Historic Landmark. If they are available online, we have provided links to the National Register and National Historic Landmark nominations.
Some of these lighthouses welcome visitors. Please contact a site directly to find out if it is open to the public.
If you would like additional information about a lighthouse listed on these pages (or if you have updated information to share), please contact us.
|American Shoal Light in the Florida Keys.
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