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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. The current tower was erected in 1857, replacing two earlier towers that had been built in 1797 and 1831. 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. Highland Light is owned by the National Park Service, and was cared for by the Highland Museum and Lighthouse, Inc. until 2014 when Eastern National, another non-profit group, took over the contract to operate the facility as a tourist attraction. The United States Coast Guard operates the light itself as an aid to navigation. 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 a brick tower 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.
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  • My wife and I dropped by the Highland Lighthouse during a visit to Cape Cod based upon a recommendation in our guide book. Being the end of season, it was fairly quiet and while it was worth visiting,...  more »
  • We enjoyed visiting the lighthouse and climbing up to see the light and the view. The stairs were steep for older people. Others in our tour walked to the point and had a beautiful view from the other...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • This beautiful historic lighthouse is a must see: it is both the tallest and the oldest lighthouse on Cape Cod, its wooden predecessor was built at the end of the 18th century. The wooden tower was replaced by a brick structure in 1833, and in 1857 it was deemed unsafe, demolished and rebuilt. There is a nice observation deck behind the lighthouse with the views of the Atlantic ocean.
  • Very nice old lighthouse at the Cape Cod northeastern shore. From the lighthouse a quick walk to the cliffs with nice views over the Atlantic Ocean. Lighthouse can be visited and has a little souvenir store in the building at it's bottom. Not very crowded and nice spot.
  • Great place to walk around, it’s certainly beautiful around here. I’m not sure golfing prices but it seems like it would be a great place to play. Watch the wind!
  • Nice people running the tours and check out. Great views. Well kept. Cute but quaint gift store. Recommend visiting if you have the time. Tour included going into the light house.
  • Absolutely stunning views, from the observation deck, of the great Atlantic Ocean. Friendly and lovely service from the Gift shop and Museum. Absolutely nothing like the rich history of this Light House. And the Brilliant location. Out of the way and a favorite destination from my Cape Cod stay.
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