Fall Tours at the Highland Lighthouse
Lighthouses in Truro MA
Lighthouses are quite possibly the most well-known Cape Cod tourist attractions in the region. Each has its own story, but none are as fascinating as the Highland Lighthouse in Truro MA. – and it’s a great place to visit in the fall!
Highland Lighthouse History
In 1797, a station authorized by George Washington was established in Truro, with a wood lighthouse to warn ships about the dangerous coastline between Cape Ann and Nantucket. It was the first light on Cape Cod.
In 1833, the wood structure was replaced by brick and in 1840 a new lantern and lighting apparatus was installed. In 1857 the lighthouse was declared dangerous and demolished, and the current brick tower was constructed, with a first order Fresnel lens from Paris. Along with the lighthouse, there was a keeper’s building and a generator shed, both of which can still be seen today.
The Lighthouse Today
The present location of the Highland lighthouse is not the original site. It was in danger of falling down the cliff due to beach erosion, so the structure was moved 450-feet to the west. It is now on the grounds of the Highland Golf Course.
The grounds are open year round, while the light is open to the public from May until late October, with guided tours available.
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