Wood End Light

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Wood End Light
Wood End Lighthouse MA.JPG
US Coast Guard photo, not dated.
Wood End Light is located in Cape Cod
Wood End Light
Location Provincetown, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°1′16.4″N 70°11′36.6″W / 42.021222°N 70.193500°W / 42.021222; -70.193500Coordinates: 42°1′16.4″N 70°11′36.6″W / 42.021222°N 70.193500°W / 42.021222; -70.193500
Year first constructed 1864 (lookout station)
1872 (lighthouse built)
Year first lit 1872[1]
Automated 1961[1]
Foundation Concrete
Construction Brick
Tower shape Square, pyramidal
Markings / pattern White with black lantern
(originally painted brown)[1]
Height 39 feet (12 m)
Focal height 45 feet (14 m) above mean sea level
Original lens Fifth-order Fresnel lens[1]
Current lens VRB-25
Range 13 nautical miles (24 km; 15 mi)
Characteristic Fl Red 10s (Red flash every 10 seconds)
Fog signal Horn:one 3-second blast every 30 seconds
Prior (1902): 1,000 lb (450 kg) fog bell
ARLHS number USA-904
USCG number


Wood End Light Lookout Station
Built 1872
Architect Unknown
MPS Lighthouses of Massachusetts TR
NRHP Reference # 87001504[5]
Added to NRHP June 15, 1987

Wood End Light Lookout Station is a historic lighthouse, located at the southwest end of Long Point in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It is located at Wood End, near the southernmost extent of the Provincetown Spit, and acts as a navigational aid to vessels on their approach to Provincetown Harbor.

The light was first illuminated on November 20, 1872 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. In 1981, Wood End Light became the first Massachusetts lighthouse to be converted to use solar energy to power the light and fog signal equipment.[1][6]

Wood End Light, 2009


  1. ^ a b c d e "Wood End Light Lookout Station". Maritime History of Massachusetts, a National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary. National Park Service. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2013. p. 114. 
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2010-03-10). "Lighthouses of the United States: Southeast Massachusetts". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  4. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 
  5. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  6. ^ "Lighthouses of Massachusetts - Thematic Group Nomination (National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form)" (PDF). National Park Service. 4 May 1987. p. Item 7, Page 5. Retrieved 6 November 2014.