Monomoy Point Light

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Monomoy Point Light
Monomoy Lighthouse.jpg
Monomoy Point Light in 2010
Monomoy Point Light is located in Cape Cod
Monomoy Point Light
Location Monomoy Island
Coordinates 41°33′33.6″N 69°59′37.4″W / 41.559333°N 69.993722°W / 41.559333; -69.993722Coordinates: 41°33′33.6″N 69°59′37.4″W / 41.559333°N 69.993722°W / 41.559333; -69.993722
Year first constructed 1823
Year first lit 1849 (current structure)
Automated no
Deactivated 1923
Foundation Brick
Construction Cast iron with brick lining
Tower shape Cylindrical
Markings / pattern Red with black lantern
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel Lens
ARLHS number


Monomoy Point Lighthouse
Monomoy Lighthouse ca1865 by Masury Mystic Seaport.jpg
Monomoy Lighthouse circa 1865
Nearest city Chatham, Massachusetts
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1849
Architectural style Cape Cod
MPS Lighthouses of Massachusetts TR (AD)
NRHP Reference # 79000324
Added to NRHP November 01, 1979

Monomoy Point Light[1] is a historic light in Chatham, Massachusetts.

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.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Monomoy Point Lighthouse on November 1, 1979, reference number 79000324.[2]

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.[3] It lies within the Monomoy Wilderness.

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  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-09-06. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2009-09-06). "Lighthouses of the United States: Southeast Massachusetts". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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