Great Point Light, Nantucket

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Great Point Light, officially, Nantucket Light is a lighthouse located on the northernmost point of Nantucket Island. First built in 1784, the original wooden tower was destroyed by fire in 1816. The following year a stone tower was erected which stood until toppled in a storm in March 1984. Rebuilt again in 1986, the stone tower was built to replicate the old one, and still remains in operation today. Modern additions include solar panels to recharge the light's batteries, and a sheet pile foundation and 5ft thick concrete mat to help withstand erosion.The lighthouse sits on a thin spit of beach where the currents of the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Sound meet.It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as Nantucket Light and removed after the destruction of the listed structure in 1986.
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  • September 16, 2017
    Great Point Light is a worthwhile place to visit even though it is somewhat remote. It's on the northeast corner of Nantucket, accessible only by 4wheel drive or on a guided tour. (Walking is out, as ...  more »
  • August 29, 2017
    Great Point, Nantucket is a spectacular place. Managed by the Trustees of Reservations , it is maintained in pristine condition. Access is limited in part of the summer to protect birds nesting in the...  more »
  • August 28, 2017
    Great beach day, very quiet and relaxing. Water was too rough for swimming. Definitely Bring big spray the flies are relentless.  more »
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  • April 20, 2017
    Its just so beutiful out there!

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