Annisquam Harbor Light
|Location||Wigwam Pt., Gloucester, Massachusetts|
|Year first constructed||1897|
|Year first lit||1898|
|Markings / pattern||White with black lantern|
|Focal height||45 feet (14 m)|
|Original lens||5th order Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||7.5 inches (190 mm)|
|Range||W 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi), R 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 7.5s with Red sector|
|Fog signal||19th century: Bell
1931: Horn, 2 every 60s
Annisquam Harbor Light Station
|Area||1.3 acres (0.53 ha)|
|Governing body||U.S. Coast Guard|
|MPS||Lighthouses of Massachusetts TR|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||June 15, 1987|
The first light station, a 40-foot (12 m) wooden tower, was established in 1801. The building fell into disrepair and, in 1851, was replaced by an octagonal wooden tower of the same height. The original lighthouse keeper's house was repaired and, with alterations, has remained to this day. In 1869, a covered walkway was built between the house and the tower.
In 1897, the current brick lighthouse was built on the same foundation as the previous two constructions. Some time after 1900, the covered walkway to the keeper's house was replaced by an uncovered wooden footbridge.
In 1931, a foghorn was installed, but until 1949, it was used only from October 15 to May 15 to spare summer residents the noise. The lighthouse was automatated in 1974. The fog signal was first removed by the Coast Guard, but after complaints by fishermen and local boaters, it was re-activated and eventually automated as well.
The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
The original wooden keeper's house from 1801 is still used as a housing for United States Coast Guard personnel who manage the site. In 2000, a major restoration of the tower was conducted by the Coast Guard. In 2008, the building made an appearance, supposedly as a lighthouse in Maine, in the film remake The Women (starring Meg Ryan).
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Gloucester, Massachusetts
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Essex County, Massachusetts
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Annisquam Harbor Light.|
- Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 79.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Rowlett, Russ (2009-12-14). "Lighthouses of the United States: Northern Massachusetts". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Jeremy D'Entremont: Annisquam Light. New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide. (retrieved 23 October 2008)