The Three Sisters Lighthouses, Eastham

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The Three Sisters of Nauset are a trio of historic lighthouses off Cable Road in Eastham, Massachusetts. One of them, The Beacon, remained in service longer than the others.ConstructionThe first set of lighthouses were commissioned by Congress in 1837 and built for $10,000, to provide for a light halfway along the eastern coast of Cape Cod. Because there was one light (the Cape Cod Light) in Truro, and two lights (the Twin Lights) in Chatham, it was decided that there should be three lights to distinguish between the other lights. Built apart in a straight line along the crest of the cliffs, they were brick, tall and wide at the base, and wide at the lantern deck. Each was painted white with black lantern decks, which lent to their looking like three ladies with white dresses and black bonnets – the birth of the name "Three Sisters."Replacement lighthousesBy 1890, however, the three lights were dangerously close to the cliff's edge. Since it was impossible at the time to move the three lights intact, three 22ft wooden lighthouses with otherwise identical markings were built in 1892 to replace the former lights, each built west of their original sites and using the lenses from the originals.The BeaconHowever, erosion continued, and by 1911, with the northernmost light only eight feet from the cliff, it was decided to move the lights back again. At this time only the center light was lit, with a triple flash in homage of her two decommissioned sisters, and became known as The Beacon. In 1918, with both their lanterns removed, the decommissioned north and south lights were purchased and incorporated into a summer cottage along Cable Road. The Beacon, which was now attached to the oil house, was in disrepair, and following its decommission, the northern "Twin Light" of Chatham was moved north to Eastham, to a site near the original lights, becoming the Nauset Light.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Where the three little wooden lights ended up. There is a path along the side of the road to walk 10 minutes from the Nauset light parking lot. Not much/any parking at the site. They sisters are being...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    See my review oon the nausea lighthouse. Recommend to do this as is walking distance from nausea lighthouse and the beach is there as well. The beach is beautiful with cliffs --you have to walk done a...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    They were away from the waterfront and under construction. Not really worth the short walk unless you are really into lighthouses. The one at the beach is much nicer.  more »
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  • December 7, 2016
    Three charming little lighthouses in a very strange place
  • May 9, 2017
    A fun adventure
  • July 30, 2016
    I've never seen a light house without their tops, it's definitely a site to see.
  • November 14, 2016
    Good Fantastic
  • March 22, 2017
    Very nice site to admire the 3 sisters, formerly on Nauset Beach before their replacement by the second lighthouse in Chatham
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