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

Three Sisters Lit the Way

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
1. Three Sisters Lit the Way Marker
Inscription. These three lighthouses were part of the Nauset Beach Light Station, which originally stood a quarter mile away, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Nicknamed the Three Sisters, this trio of lights provided a landmark for sailors making their way along the Outer Cape from 1838 to 1911. Changing lighthouse technology and the steady erosion of the Nauset cliffs eventually forced the removal of the lights from their post. They were reunited here in 1989- a rare surviving example of a triple lighthouse configuration.

These lights, which replaced original brick towers, were part of a network along the treacherous and busy Cape Cod coast. Ships approaching the southern Cape saw the stationary beams of the twin Chatham Lighthouses. The Three Sisters' triple light configuration told sailors that they had reached the Cape's mid-point. Sailors knew they were nearing the Cape's tip when the saw the single flashing beam of Highland Light.

As lighthouse technology evolved, twin and triple lighthouses were replaced by single lighthouses with unique patterns of flashing lights and colors. While the Three Sisters no longer light the way for ships at sea, Nauset Light continues the tradition today.
 
Location. 41° 51.542′ N, 69° 57.431′ W. Marker is in Orleans, Massachusetts

Three Sisters Lit the Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
2. Three Sisters Lit the Way Marker
Sister number three.
, in Barnstable County. Marker is on Cable Road. Touch 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 as the crow flies. The Nauset Lights (approx. mile away); The Long, Black Cable (approx. mile away); Pushed Back by the Sea (approx. mile away); Workboat of the Marshes (approx. 1.7 miles away); Kettles (approx. 1.7 miles away); Eastham Windmill (approx. 2.2 miles away); Cape Cod National Sea Shore Marconi Beach (approx. 2.2 miles away); First Encounter Monument (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orleans.
 
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Three Sisters Lit the Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
3. Three Sisters Lit the Way Marker
Sister number two and three.
Three Sisters Lit the Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
4. Three Sisters Lit the Way Marker
Sister number one - the marker is next to this sister.
Erosion of the Nauset cliffs image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 22, 2012
5. Erosion of the Nauset cliffs
Three Sisters image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 2, 2014
6. Three Sisters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 17, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   5. submitted on February 18, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   6. submitted on October 13, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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