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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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  • October 4, 2017
    Very nice lighthouse, can be climbed. The beach and water were hidden from us by a fog bank that moved in for the rest of the day so we missed seeing much. But it is the maritime and fog gives it a di...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    The lighthouse is a must see for families with young kids! We had a great time with our little ones running to the base and seeing the ocean behind it!  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    Our first time touring a light house and it was spectacular. We loved it. The oldest one in the Cape and still well maintained. Excellent informative staff. The view from the top just amazing. You nee...  more »
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  • June 1, 2017
    Nice detour. We took the lighthouse tour for $6 per person. Historic and beautiful views.
  • May 31, 2017
    Amazing views from top of light. Staff were warm and friendly really interesting..
  • May 26, 2017
    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.
  • June 19, 2017
    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!
  • April 14, 2017
    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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