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

Nauset Beach Light Station

a Shifting Landmark

 
 
Nauset Beach Light Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 20, 2019
1. Nauset Beach Light Station Marker
Inscription.  In 1836, in response to numerous shipwrecks in the area, 21 residents of Eastham petitioned the Boston Marine Society for a lighthouse. The first Nauset Beach Light Station was built more than 500 feet east of this spot. Because of constant beach erosion, the light station had to be moved westward four times, so far.
 
Erected by Cape Cod National Seashore and the Nauset Light Preservation Society.
 
Location. 41° 51.616′ N, 69° 57.153′ W. Marker is in Eastham, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is on Nauset Beach Rd 0.2 miles north of Cable Rd., on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Nauset Beach Rd, Eastham MA 02642, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Nauset Lights (within shouting distance of this marker); Keeping the Light for 114 Years (within shouting distance of this marker); Pushed Back by the Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); The Long, Black Cable (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Sisters Lit the Way
Marker detail: 1838 and 1875 image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 20, 2019
2. Marker detail: 1838 and 1875
1838: The original light station consisted of three fifteen-foot-high masonry towers, a brick keepers house, an outhouse, and a well. 1875: A second keeper’s residence was added to the light station. This wooden house is the one you see before you.
(approx. ¼ mile away); Doane Rock (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Outermost House (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Life Savers (was approx. 1.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastham.
 
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Marker detail: 1877 image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 20, 2019
3. Marker detail: 1877
1887: Two white cast iron lighthouses were constructed in Chatham, Massachusetts, the third generation of twin towers at that location.
Marker detail: 1892 and 1911 image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 20, 2019
4. Marker detail: 1892 and 1911
1892: Due to erosion, the original “Three Sisters” lighthouses were replaced by three 22-foot-high wooden towers. These lighthouses have been restored and you can visit them, a short walk from here. The brick oil house was constructed in 1891. 1911: The center tower was moved back from the edge of the bluff , and the two outer were removed. Instead of three stationary lanterns, a revolving (flashing) light was installed in the center tower. In 1912, the original brick keeper’s house was demolished.
Marker Detail: 1923 And 1940 image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 20, 2019
5. Marker Detail: 1923 And 1940
1923: The second tower in Chatham was no longer needed, so it was disassembled and moved to Eastham. 1940: The top of the lighthouse was painted red to aid in daytime identification, giving Nauset Light its iconic look.
Marker Detail :1950s and 1996 image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 20, 2019
6. Marker Detail :1950s and 1996
1950s: Electricity came to Eastham and Nauset Light was automated. The lighthouse keeper was no longer needed and the keeper’s house was sold. 1996: The Nauset Light Preservation Society (formed in 1994) raised funds to help move the lighthouse and the oil house to their present location. Two years later, the keeper’s house was moved.
Nauset Beach Light Station and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 20, 2019
7. Nauset Beach Light Station and Marker
Nauset Beach Light Station image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 20, 2019
8. Nauset Beach Light Station
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 23, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.   7, 8. submitted on October 26, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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