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Orleans in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Nauset Lights

Cape Cod National Seashore

 
 
The Nauset Lights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
1. The Nauset Lights Marker
Inscription. In 1838 the United States Government took action to reduce the number of shipwrecks along this dangerous coast by establishing the Nauset Light. To make the signal easily recognizable three separate lanterns were set on small brick towers about 150 feet (45m) apart.

Unfortunately, the brick "Three Sisters" were built too close to the eroding cliff which threatened to undermine them. In 1892 they were replaced by wooden towers built farther back from the edge. Today's Nauset Light is located just north of here. From 1923 until 1981 it carried on the tradition of the retired "Three Sisters" by flashing three times every ten seconds. The present light flashes an alternating red and white pattern.

During the day, lightkeepers kept a "Record of Passing Vessels." This page from August 1870 documents the heavy traffic off the Cape in those days.
 
Erected by Cape Cod National Seashore.
 
Location. 41° 51.607′ N, 69° 57.172′ W. Marker is in Orleans, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is at the intersection of Cable Road and Nauset Light Beach Rd on Cable Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orleans MA 02653, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured

The Nauset Lights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
2. The Nauset Lights Marker
When this photo was taken in the 1890's, Nauset Light consisted of three small towers called the "Three Sisters." Today the National Park Service maintains the relocated Three Sisters as an historic exhibit.
as the crow flies. The Long, Black Cable (within shouting distance of this marker); Pushed Back by the Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Sisters Lit the Way (approx. mile away); Workboat of the Marshes (approx. 1.9 miles away); Kettles (approx. 1.9 miles away); Eastham Windmill (approx. 2.4 miles away); First Encounter Monument (approx. 3.7 miles away); First Encounter Plaque (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Orleans.
 
Categories. LandmarksWaterways & Vessels
 
Record of Passing Vessels image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
3. Record of Passing Vessels
During the day, lightkeepers kept a "Record of Passing Vessels." This page from August 1870 documents the heavy traffic off the Cape in those days.
The Nauset Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
4. The Nauset Lighthouse
The Nauset Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
5. The Nauset Lighthouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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