Eastern Point Lighthouse, Gloucester

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Eastern Point Light is an historic lighthouse on Cape Ann, in northeastern Massachusetts.The lighthouse was originally planned in 1829 and was erected by 1832 on the east side of the Gloucester Harbor entrance. It was first lit on January 1, 1832. The tower was rebuilt in 1848 and again in 1890. The third and current conical brick tower stands tall. The lighthouse has an attached two-story keeper's quarters, built in 1879. The actual light is above Mean High Water. Its white light is visible for.In 1880, the lighthouse was occupied by American landscape painter Winslow Homer. It was automated by September 1985 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The lighthouse is currently operated by the United States Coast Guard and is closed to the public.A distinctive rock formation known as Mother Ann is located along the shore near the lighthouse.
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  • July 12, 2017
    We visited on a misty day, a small beaten path leads to the rocky pier, which I think was the highlight of our visit. Taking photos from the pier is beautiful!  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    Make your way by bike or car and enjoy the sites along the way. This is a must see spot so bring your camera and enjoy exploring the area.  more »
  • July 5, 2017
    A super charming visit to take good pictures, the beacon has no access to climb on it, but the visual by the sea is beautiful and parking costs $10.00
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  • August 4, 2013
    If you are a lover of lighthouses and shoreline scenery this is a "must not miss", after all Edward Hopper loved this place too as it is proven by the many artworks of the Eastern Point Lighthouse he created. The current lighthouse tower was built in 1890 and the station was established in 1832. There are four more buildings that complete the station: The keepers house from 1879, the Oil house, Fog signal house and a garage. The actual station is closed to the public but all the surrounding area is open, there is a parking lot right next to the lighthouse and a breakwater that both are open all year long. The parking lot and the nearby Wildlife Sanctuary is maintained by the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, There is a $10.00 per car fee for non-members Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend. Reaching the Lighthouse: From Gloucester take 127 east till the intersection with 128 (just outside the town) then turn right into East Main Street direction Rocky Neck, drive past Rocky neck for aprox 1 mile until you reach an intersection with a private road sign. Ignore the menacing messages, it is not a private road and take that right turn towards the Eastern Point. The road goes past some really nice mansions, keep the right and you will reach the lighthouse after one mile. The spot is particularly spectacular when the surf is strong, and on clear days you can see the Boston skyline in the distance. Definitely worth a visit.
  • September 25, 2016
    Cool place to go
  • February 19, 2016
    Beautiful place for a sunrise.
  • November 2, 2014
    Beautiful views of the ocean and the old lighthouse. In the distance on the horizon is visible to Boston. A pleasant silence. Need a good weather when you visit this site.
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