Race Point Light

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Race Point Light
Race Point Lighthouse being painted 2012.jpg
The lighthouse gets a fresh coat of paint in 2012
Location Cape Cod
Coordinates 42°3′44.4″N 70°14′34.9″W / 42.062333°N 70.243028°W / 42.062333; -70.243028
Year first constructed 1816
Year first lit 1876 (current structure)
Automated 1972
Foundation Natural/emplaced
Construction Iron plate with brick interior
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern White with black lantern
Height 45 feet (14 m)
Focal height 41 feet (12 m) above mean sea level
Original lens Fourth-order Fresnel lens
Current lens VRB-25
Range 16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 10s
Admiralty number J0386
ARLHS number USA-680
USCG number


Race Point Light Station
Race Point Lighthouse, Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 1911 postcard.jpg
1911 postcard
Race Point Light is located in Cape Cod
Race Point Light
Location Race Point Beach, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°3′44.4″N 70°14′41″W / 42.062333°N 70.24472°W / 42.062333; -70.24472Coordinates: 42°3′44.4″N 70°14′41″W / 42.062333°N 70.24472°W / 42.062333; -70.24472
Area less than one acre
Built 1876
Architectural style Italianate
MPS Lighthouses of Massachusetts TR
NRHP Reference # 87001482[4]
Added to NRHP June 15, 1987

Race Point Light is a historic lighthouse on Cape Cod, in Provincetown, Massachusetts.


Race Point Light was first established in 1816, the third light on Cape Cod (after Highland Light (1797) and Chatham Light (1808)). The original light was a 25 feet (7.6 m) rubblestone tower that featured one of the earliest rotating beacons, which distinguished it from others on Cape Cod. In 1858 the light got a fourth order Fresnel lens and, in 1874, a second keeper's quarters. In 1875, after significant deterioration of the original tower, it was replaced with an iron tower lined with brick. The original keeper's house was rebuilt as part of the project. The station was electrified in 1957. The larger keeper's house was removed in 1960 and the other was updated.[1]

The station has been restored by the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, and both the keeper's house and the whistle house are available for vacation rental.[3]

Race Point Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Race Point Light Station on June 15, 1987, reference number 87001482.[4]


The original rubble stone tower, built in 1816 
The current cast iron tower, built in 1876 

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  1. ^ a b "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-09-07. 
  2. ^ United States Coast Guard (2009). Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ (2009-09-07). "Lighthouses of the United States: Southeast Massachusetts". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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