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Highland Light, Truro

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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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  • Took the tour, the guide was very informative. Lots of stairs, and steep stairs. once to the top the view was amazing. Little museum downstairs which had some neat things. There was another museum tha...  more »
  • The day we visited Cape Cod, it was a downpour. We still braved the rain and fog to visit here. we did skip going inside but enjoyed the scenery all around. It was very interesting how these lighthous...  more »
  • Of the all the lighthouses on Cape Cod, this is the best to visit (the Chatham Light is maybe #2). Lots of history. Take the tour to the top. Sweeping views from the platform on the cliff in front of ...  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.
  • The lady in the shop on 6-19-17 was VERY unfriendly! We were watching a video and it was close to closing time but not quite, and she shut it off right while we were watching it!
  • 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.

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