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Ned's Point Light

Historically Speaking ...

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
1. Ned's Point Light Marker
Inscription.
1835
Congressman John Quincy Adams, representing the Plymouth County District, recommended to the government that a lighthouse be built in Mattapoisett.

1837
Barnabus Hiller sold four acres at Ned's point to the government for $240, and the United States Lighthouse Service authorized the building of a thirty-five foot tower with a bird-cage shaped lantern. The 32 cantilevered hand-hewn steps were made of granite quarried in Mattapoisett. A keeper's house, barn and oil house were also constructed.

1838
In March, eleven two-tiered lamps, using whale oil, were lit for the first time. The lamps produced a white light.

1857
A Firth Order Fresnel lens, imported from France, was installed in the lantern.

1888
The keeper's dilapidated stone house was replaced with a wood-frame house.

1896
A new octagonal lantern and deck were installed.

1923
The light was automated. With a sextant, mariners can use the altitude of the optic to determine their distance from land.

1952
The town of Mattapoisett obtained title to Ned's Point Lighthouse Reservation for $3,000 and renamed it Veterans
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By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
2. Ned's Point Light Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph showing the original 1838 bird-cage configuration of the light's lantern room.
of Mattapoisett Memorial Park. The U.S. Coast Guard retains the tower and .17 of an acre as well as a right of way,

1961
The automated light was converted to a 6 second isophase, flashing 3 seconds on and 3 seconds off. The light is visible for 12 nautical miles.

1988
Formal approval was received to list Ned's Point Lighthouse in the National Register of Historic Places.

1993
U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 67, First District Northern Region, adopted Ned's Point Light, the first flotilla in the country to do so. The Coast Guard's Aids to Navigation Team at Woods Hole is the primary service unit.

Dedication Ned's Point Light House Summer 2001

Given to the town of Mattapoisett by our family
who joyfully recall many walks from Crescent Beach
to the lighthouse for summer picnics and who also
know its comforting presence as a silent sentry when
boating in surrounding waters.


Donated by Edith I. and Paul E. Milott, Jr.

Mattapoisett Historical Commission, 2001
Photos from Mattapoisett Historical Society
Drawing by Carol Fletcher
Layout by David Gould, Village Framery & Design

 
Erected 2001 by Mattapoisett Historical Commission
Ned's Point Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
3. Ned's Point Light Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an 1888 photograph showing the then new light keeper's house.
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Location. 41° 39.063′ N, 70° 47.74′ W. Marker is in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, in Plymouth County. Marker is on Ned's Point Road south of Holly Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located in a community park, near the waterfront, and directly in front of the Ned's Point Light structure. Marker is in this post office area: Mattapoisett MA 02739, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Commemorating Mattapoisett's Shipbuilders (approx. one mile away); Mattapoisett Wharves (approx. one mile away); William Bradford (approx. 5.7 miles away); Fort Phoenix (approx. 5.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Phoenix (approx. 5.8 miles away); Major Israel Fearing (approx. 5.8 miles away); Donald R. Bernard (approx. 5.8 miles away); Revolutionary War Cannon (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mattapoisett.
 
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Ned's Point Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
4. Ned's Point Light Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a series of 1923 photographs showing the lighthouse being removed and transported by barge across Buzzard's Bay.
Ned's Point Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
5. Ned's Point Light Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph showing the light and the empty space next to it where the lightkeeper's house was originally located.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
6. Ned's Point Light Marker
View of the marker situated in front of the light.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
7. Ned's Point Light
View of vacant grounds where the lightkeeper's house once stood next to the light.
Ned's Point Light image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
8. Ned's Point Light
View of the vacant grounds, showing the outline of the foundation of the removed lightkeeper's house, where it once stood next to the light.
Ned's Point Light image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
9. Ned's Point Light
View of the light situated on Ned's Point.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 4, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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