Nauset Lighthouse, Eastham

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Nauset Light, officially Nauset Beach Light, is a restored lighthouse on the Cape Cod National Seashore near Eastham, Massachusetts, erected in 1923 using the 1877 tower that was moved here from the Chatham Light. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tower is a cast iron plate shell lined with brick and stands high. The adjacent oil house (where fuel was stored in the early days) is made of brick and has also been restored. Fully automated, the beacon is a private aid to navigation. Tours of the tower and oil house are available in summer from the Nauset Light Preservation Society which operates, maintains and interprets the site.HistoryThe tower that eventually became Nauset Light was constructed in 1877 as one of two towers in Chatham. It was moved to Eastham in 1923 to replace the Three Sisters of Nauset, three small wood lighthouses that had been decommissioned. They have since been relocated to a small field about west of the Nauset Light. Nauset Light was originally all white, but in the 1940s, the top section of the tower was painted red, creating the iconic appearance.The light was automated and the keeper's house was sold in 1955. The original fourth-order Fresnel lens was removed in 1981 and replaced with aerobeacons. The lens is on display in the Salt Pond Visitor Center of the Cape Cod National Seashore. In December 2008, the old-style bulbs in the aerobeacons were replaced with 400 watt metal halide bulbs.
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  • August 11, 2017
    It's a beautiful lighthouse do not only to visit because even if stay you 15 minutes parking is a $20 one can exaggerate but enjoy the visit beach or buy the sticker for the year for access to the parking it cost $ 80 if you are more than 4 days it's worth "is a beautiful place for pictures
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  • July 30, 2017
    Nice place the only thing is the parking... $ 20 for the day and if you want to stay an hour and well, it's the same price and absolutely no way to find a place nearby less excessive and free
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  • July 26, 2017
    This was a pretty lighthouse. In fact, it gets a 4 because it is a pretty lighthouse. Unfortunately it is open for limited hours and we did not get to go inside. The nearby beach is pretty. Stop if yo...  more »
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  • June 5, 2017
    Awesome lighthouse with a good history. If you're on the Outer Cape, you should definitely visit and try to go on a tour if you can. It's worth the trip! Beautiful views of the Atlantic as well.
  • April 13, 2017
    This place is basically New England in a nutshell. You have a beautiful lighthouse and a wonderful beach on the Atlantic Ocean. This place speaks for itself. It is just beautiful. I suggest checking out Little Poseidon's Adventures on Google Plus, where he provides pictures and information about his journeys.
  • June 6, 2017
    Nice place to visit but you should check hours during which they allow to climb the light house. What I remember is that they were very specific.
  • July 5, 2017
    National Park, lighthouse, Cape Cod... its all picture perfect.
  • July 26, 2016
    Quaint little lighthouse with a footpath leading up to it. You can drive fairly close to the lighthouse. Please note that the lighthouse is not on the beach. The beach is nearby, however, and is gorgeous, clean and uncrowded. Visit the 3 Sisters, which are mini lighthouses, around the corner while you are there! Enjoy l!

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