Mattapoisett in Plymouth County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Ned's Point Light
Historically Speaking ...
Congressman John Quincy Adams, representing the Plymouth County District, recommended to the government that a lighthouse be built in Mattapoisett.
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.
In March, eleven two-tiered lamps, using whale oil, were lit for the first time. The lamps produced a white light.
A Firth Order Fresnel lens, imported from France, was installed in the lantern.
The keeper's dilapidated stone house was replaced with a wood-frame house.
A new octagonal lantern and deck were installed.
The light was automated. With a sextant, mariners can use the altitude of the optic to determine their distance from land.
The town of Mattapoisett obtained title to Ned's Point Lighthouse Reservation for $3,000 and renamed it Veterans
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.
Formal approval was received to list Ned's Point Lighthouse in the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
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
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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