Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Siasconset

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The Sankaty Head Light is a lighthouse located on Nantucket island. It was built in 1850, was automated in 1965, and is still in operation. It is located at the easternmost point of the island, in the village of Siasconset. It was one of the first lighthouses in the United States to receive a Fresnel lens.HistoryThe shoals off the eastern coast of Nantucket had a long history as a hazard to navigation. The United States government decided in the 1840s that a prominent lighthouse should be erected to alert mariners to that hazard. Congress appropriated $12,000 for its construction in 1848, with additional funds totaling $8,000 in following years. The light went into service in February 1850. The tower is 60ft high; its lower portion is constructed of brick, and its upper part is granite. The light's turning mechanism was powered by a weight-driven brass clockwork,A brick house was built next to the tower at the time of its construction to house the light keeper's family. In 1887 this house was torn down and a new structure was built. Renovations to the tower at the time included installation of a new lantern section, adding some 10ft to its height.In 1933 the light was electrified, and the mechanical works to turn it were taken out of service. Its original lens was removed in 1950, and is now at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. The light was fully automated in 1965.In 1987, the lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Sankaty Head Light. The Sconset Land Trust acquired the lighthouse in 2007, and had it moved away from the eroding bluff (approximately ) in October of that year.
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  • We were on an Island tour and this lighthouse was one of the stops. It is located quite a ways from downtown Nantucket. We were there in Early May, so the daffodils were still in bloom. My wife loves ...  more »
  • As part of a local tour we were able to stop at the Sankaty Lighthouse! its very picturesque, BUT it is a 9 mile trip from the harbor to this lighthouse (An easy lighthouse to visit) there is no beach...  more »
  • Stopped by the Sankaty on a whim - it was a foggy fall day and the light was aglow. It was very beautiful. Wish we could have climbed to the top.  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous setting for a gorgeous lighthouse. The view from the top of the bluff it sits on overlooks a good portion of the island as well as the coast (where you'll see seals!). Well worth the trip up.
  • Wow, the best light house on the island, quite secluded and the most breath taking view.
  • Beautiful light house and worth stopping by to walk around it if you are in the area. There are a couple of days a year that it is open so that you can walk up and see the view from the top. Check the website for times to see if it coincides with your visit.
  • beautiful location
  • I haven't been there in 20 years, but I'm so happy it's still standing!
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