Monomoy Point Light
Monomoy Point Light in 2010
|Year first constructed||1823|
|Year first lit||1849 (current structure)|
|Construction||Cast iron with brick lining|
|Markings / pattern||Red with black lantern|
|Original lens||Fourth order Fresnel Lens|
Monomoy Point Lighthouse
Monomoy Lighthouse circa 1865
|Nearest city||Chatham, Massachusetts|
|Area||4 acres (1.6 ha)|
|Architectural style||Cape Cod|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
|MPS||Lighthouses of Massachusetts TR (AD)|
|NRHP Reference #||79000324|
|Added to NRHP||November 01, 1979|
The station was established in 1823. The first light was a wood tower and brick lantern room on top of the keeper's house. The current tower, one of the first made of cast iron, was built in 1849.
After the opening of the Cape Cod Canal in 1914, most vessels bound from south of the Cape to the Boston area took the shorter and safer route through the canal, so there was much less traffic past the light and the light was deactivated in 1923.
The keeper's house is preserved and serves today as a guest house. The Lighthouse Preservation Society, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and The Friends of Monomoy support preservation of the lighthouse and keeper's house. It lies within the Monomoy Wilderness.
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- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Rowlett, Russ (2009-09-06). "Lighthouses of the United States: Southeast Massachusetts". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Media related to Monomoy Point Light at Wikimedia Commons