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Highland Light, Truro

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Lighthouse
The Highland Light is an active lighthouse on the Cape Cod National Seashore in North Truro, Massachusetts. It is the oldest and tallest lighthouse on Cape Cod. The grounds are open year-round, while the light is open to the public from May until late October, with guided tours available. It is owned by the National Park Service, and cared for by the Highland Museum and Lighthouse, Inc., while the United States Coast Guard operates the light itself. The United States Navy ship was named after the light. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Highland Light Station.HistoryIn 1797, a station authorized by George Washington was established at this point on the Cape, with a wood lighthouse to warn ships about the dangerous coastline between Cape Ann and Nantucket. It was the first light on Cape Cod. In 1833, the wood structure was replaced by brick and in 1840 a new lantern and lighting apparatus was installed. In 1857 the lighthouse was declared dangerous and demolished, and for a total cost of $17,000, the current 66 foot brick tower was constructed, with a first order Fresnel lens from Paris. Along with the lighthouse, there was a keeper's building and a generator shed, both of which can still be seen today.
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TripAdvisor
  • Fantastic!! Watching the sun go down and the full moon rise at the same time was incredible. The 360degree view from the top is the best! The women who greet are friendly and professional at the same ...  more »
  • Interesting and informative with great tour guides and beautiful views . Great value. You get some background at the base and there is another guide at the top.  more »
  • What is great about this lighthouse is that you can pay a small fee to go up into the light house. Very interesting. The light house was moved back about 20 some years ago because of the erosion of th...  more »
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  • Nice detour. We took the lighthouse tour for $6 per person. Historic and beautiful views.
  • Amazing views from top of light. Staff were warm and friendly really interesting..
  • The view is not the best since the fence's blocking, but the night view is amazing if you are not afraid of dark. It's really really dark there at night.
  • This lighthouse is just great. It's the oldest one on Cape Cod, and has a small viistor center inside. The lighthouse wasn't open when we went in April 2017. There is a small museum for the Truro Historical Society at the parking lot, and there is also a great overlook. Also check out Little Poseidon's Adventures on Google Plus, where he provides pictures and information about his journeys.
  • Loved the place. Getting up on the lighthouse and the explanation was outstanding experience.