I hadn’t visited Nauset Light in Eastham in years.
The original lighthouse station in Eastham was built in 1838 and comprised of three 15-foot tall brick lighthouse towers named The Three Sisters.
In 1892 because of land erosion The Three Sisters were replaced with three 22-foot tall towers made of wood and moved further inland. Further erosion required the dismantling of the towers in 1911; two were sold at auction and the third moved back even further, attached to the lighthouse keeper’s house and installed with a Fresnel lens.
Yet that is still not the end of the story!
In 1923 the wooden lighthouse in Eastham was retired and replaced with a 48-foot high brick-lined cast iron tower that had been moved over from Chatham; twin to the Chatham Lighthouse that is still there today.
The Light was repainted in the 1940’s in its familiar red and white colors. Potato chip lovers will recognize it as the lighthouse used in the logo for Cape Cod Potato Chips! 😉
I was mesmerized as I watched it flash first red…
Red, then white.
One that I hoped to visit again and this time — much, much sooner! 😉
Note: To learn more about the fascinating history of Nauset Light please visit the Nauset Light website.