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Name: Long Point Light (MA)  

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Nearest Town or City:
Provincetown, Massachusetts, United States

Location: Tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown Harbor.

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Photo: Jeremy D'Entremont

Managing Organization:
American Lighthouse Foundation (Cape Cod Chapter)

Telephone: 207-646-0245


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 889
Massachusetts, 04090, United States

There was a large settlement at Long Point in the mid-1800s, with a salt works and a schoolhouse. Many of the houses at Long Point were floated across the harbor to Provincetown's West End, where they still stand.

Tower Height: 38

Height of Focal Plane: 36

Characteristic and Range: Fixed green.

Description of Tower: White, square pyramidal brick tower with nlack cast iron lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Oil house.

Date Established: 1826

Date Present Tower Built: 1875

Date Automated: 1952

Optics: c. 1842: 10 lamps and reflectors; 1856: Sixth order Fresnel lens; 1875: Fifth order Fresnel lens; now 300 mm, solar powered.

Fog Signal: 1875: 1,200 pound fog bell and striking mechanism; now automated fog horn with one blast every 15 seconds.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Charles Derby (1826-1849); Charles Derby (Jr.?) (1849-1853); Jesse Freeman (1853-1855); Daniel Smith (1855-1856); Hiram Snow (1856-1862); Ebenezer Holway (1862-1867); E. H. Whelden (1867-1870); John Thomas Dunham (1870-1882); Herman Smith (1882-1888); Samuel S. Smith (1888-1904), Charles A. Havender (?) (1904-1905); Roscoe Lopaus (1905-?); A. G. Haskins (c. early 1930s); Thomas L. Chase (c. 1933); Charles Cain (c. 1946); Joseph R. Poindexter (Coast Guard, March 1949-September 1949)


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