Near Wauwinet in Nantucket County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Great Point Light
This is a restoration of Historic Great Point Light destroyed by a raging storm on March 29, 1984. It was situated 800 feet east of this site. The rubblestone tower, lantern house, entry shelter and spiral staircase duplicate the form and appearance of the former lighthouse. New technology has been added. Photovoltaic solar panels recharge the batteries which power the light. The lighthouse now sits on a sheet pile cofferdam foundation with a five foot thick concrete mat to protect this important navigational aid against storms and beach erosion.
November 1816 · Tower destroyed by fire
March 1817 · · · Congress appropriates funds for reconstruction
October 1817 · · Rubbleston lighthouse constructed
March 1984 · · · Great Point Light destroyed by storm
October 1984 · Congress appropriates funds for reconstruction
The citizens of Nantucket are indebted to Senator Edward M. Kennedy for his successful efforts in obtaining Federal funds for the restoration of Great Point Light
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 41° 23.404′ N, 70° 2.894′ W. Marker is near Wauwinet, Massachusetts, in Nantucket County. Marker is on Great Point Beach Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nantucket MA 02584, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,984 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 29, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.