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Near Scituate in Plymouth County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Old Scituate Lighthouse

 
 
Old Scituate Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, October 14, 2009
1. Old Scituate Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. During the year 1810 the U. S. Congress voted [$]4000 to build a lighthouse at Scituate harbor. During the War of 1812 Abigail and Rebecca Bates, young daughters of the lighthouse keeper, prevented a British naval force from sacking the town by playing a fife and beating a drum. They have gone down in history as "the army of two" and their courageous act has been recorded in many textbooks and story books.
 
Erected 1976 by Scituate Historical Society.
 
Location. 42° 12.296′ N, 70° 42.969′ W. Marker is near Scituate, Massachusetts, in Plymouth County. Marker is on Lighthouse Road. Click for map. Marker is on the lighthouse grounds, roughly 100 feet northwest of the lighthouse itself. The lighthouse is at Cedar Point, on the north side of the entrance to Scituate harbor and 20 miles southeast of Boston, Massachusetts. Marker is in this post office area: Scituate MA 02066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Italian Freighter Etrusco (within shouting distance of this marker); “Donít Give Up The Ship” (within shouting distance of this marker); Williams-Barker House (approx.
Another Nearby Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, October 14, 2009
2. Another Nearby Plaque
This plaque, on the base of the lighthouse itself (facing south), dates from 1928 and carries information similar to that on the main marker.
half a mile away); Satuit Brook (approx. one mile away); Men of Kent Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Meeting House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of the First Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Training Field (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Scituate.
 
Regarding Old Scituate Lighthouse. A bronze plaque (photo 3), affixed to a stone near the foot of the marker, honors a recent lighthouse keeper. Two others are mounted on the base of the lighthouse itself. One is a generic plaque (not pictured) of the National Register of Historic Places. The other (photo 2) dates from 1928 and carries information similar to that on the main marker.
 
Also see . . .  New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide - Scituate Light. A colorful history of this lighthouse. (Submitted on October 21, 2009, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. LandmarksMilitaryWar of 1812
 
Nearby Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, October 14, 2009
3. Nearby Plaque
A stone under the main marker honors a recent lighthouse keeper.
Old Scituate Lighthouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, October 14, 2009
4. Old Scituate Lighthouse and Marker
In this view from the north, the marker is at center, in front of the keeper's residence.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 1,256 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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