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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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  • pretty lighthouse. We did not visit the inside but autour landscapes deserves the detour in the sunset. It is windy as all the cap code, well kitted out. Accessible by car or bicycle but not transport. For Golf lovers, there is what to next
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  • Several years ago I made my first trip around Cape Cod. I had decided to see as many lighthouses as I could and photograph them. Highland light was one of the stops along the way. There is something a...  more »
  • The Highland Light was a quick stop on our trip home from P-Town. It had beautiful views of the ocean and wildlife. If your looking for a nice place to stop and stretch your legs this is it.  more »
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  • A great place to visit when on the cape. The Highland Light is interesting in that a major effort to save it from falling into the sea was undertaken, with the light house lifted and moved back from the shore. The on-site museum and gift shop has the whole history and a tour of the lighthouse with a climb to the top is very interesting.
  • Worth going to, even if you don't pay to go into museum
  • A nice place along the outer cape.It is to bad the beach is closed now next to the light house because of the erosion,but I still love it anyway.It is nice and breezy with lots of fresh air around there .A nice place to walk around
  • This was a cool, short stop. Not a lot to see, as you can't actually go to the Island, but some beautiful coastal scenary to take in, and sea cliffs to boulder around on. Gift shop and restaurant- adjacent. Restaurant had good clam chowder. Lobster bisque was poor.
  • It's a great view on a clear day. Not sure if it's worth the $6 to climb up the lighthouse but the employees are nice and knowledgable, which was certainly a bonus.