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Highland Light, Truro

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Lighthouse Tourist Spot
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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  • This is a great lighthouse to visit. It was the largest and had the best tour. Our guide was interesting and knowledgeable. It was the tallest and best lighthouse on Cape Cod. I would rate it a must s...  more »
  • The guide was very knowledgeable and clearly had a love for the culture and story behind the lighthouse. The view from the top of the lighthouse was amazing. Very interesting hearing about some of Cap...  more »
  • I went to Highland Light on a whim and was glad I did. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and nice. I got to go to the top of the lighthouse and wow, what a view! If you're in the area, stop in. It...  more »
  • 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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