Eastern Point Light
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Eastern Point Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1832

Is the Light operational? Yes

Year Light First Lit: 1890

Year Automated: 1980

Shape: Conical

Tower Height: 36   ft.

Original Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel

Present Optic: DCB-24

Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
     Year Constructed: 1879
      Number of Stories: 2
      Architectural Style: Gothic
      Construction Materials: Wood



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Eastern Point Lighthouse
Gloucester, MA

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History:
Eastern Point Light is an historic lighthouse on Cape Ann, in northeastern Massachusetts.

The lighthouse was originally planned in 1829 and was erected by 1832 on the east side of the Gloucester Harbor entrance. It was first lit on January 1, 1832. The tower was rebuilt in 1848 and again in 1890. The third and current conical brick tower stands 36 feet (11 m) tall. The lighthouse has an attached two-story keeper's quarters, built in 1879. The actual light is 57 feet (17 m) above Mean High Water. Its white light is visible for 20 nautical miles.

In 1880, the lighthouse was occupied by American landscape painter Winslow Homer. It was automated by September 1985 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The lighthouse is currently operated by the United States Coast Guard and is closed to the public.

A distinctive rock formation known as Mother Ann is located along the shore near the lighthouse.

Source: Wikipedia

Hours:
The light station is closed to the public, but there is a parking lot nearby and the breakwater next to the lighthouse is open all year, with good views of the lighthouse. There are "private road" signs posted in the Eastern Point neighborhood, but visitors are permitted to drive to the lighthouse.

Latitude/Longitude: 42.580467,-70.664257

Nearest Address: 198 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, MA

Directions:
  • Take Route 128 north to the end in Gloucester.
  • At the intersection with Route 127A, go straight across onto East Main St.
  • In about 1 mile East Main St. becomes Eastern Point Road. Continue on Eastern Point Rd.
  • After another 0.4 miles Eastern Point Road becomes Eastern Point Blvd W.
  • Follow Eastern Point Blvd W for another 1.5 miles.
  • Go through the gate and follow the road to a small dirt parking lot.
  • The lighthouse is private but you can view Eastern Point Light from the jetty. You can also walk to Gloucester Breakwater light from the same jetty.


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