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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  • One of my bookmarked lighthouses. Wet, rainy, and foggy but still drove out to the Cape. I'm happy we still stopped, took some great photos. Went to the beach and collected a little sand for my collec...  more »
  • Probably the number one lighthouse visited on the Cape. It is the one on the Cape Cod Potato Chips bag. Very nice location to see the lighthouse and area. Not very many people there as it was rainy da...  more »
  • Since we visited in the off season, we could not take the tour of the light house. this review is based on our experience of reading about the lighthouse on the website and visiting the accompanying b...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • National Park, lighthouse, Cape Cod... its all picture perfect.
  • 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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