Nobska Point Light
Nobska Point Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1829
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1876
Year Automated: 1985
Tower Height: 40 ft.
Original Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1876
Number of Stories: 1.5
Architectural Style: Victorian
Construction Materials: Wood
Nobska Point Lighthouse
Woods Hole, MA
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Last Visited: November, 2001
Nobska Light, located at the division between Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, is one of the most easily seen lighthouses of Cape Cod. Each year thousands view it on the rocky headlands high above Woods Hole Harbor from the ferries leaving Woods Hole and New Bedford for Martha's Vineyard. Every summer hundreds of runners competing in the Falmouth Road Race pass the lighthouse.
The first Nobska Light, built in 1828 for $2,249, was a typical Cape Cod style structure with the octagonal lantern room located on top of the keeper's house.
In 1876 Nobska Light was rebuilt as a 40-foot cast-iron tower lined with brick, with a fifth order Fresnel lens. In 1888 Nobska was upgraded to a fourth order light, and the Fresnel lens installed that year still remains in place. A covered walkway joining the tower to the keeper's house was added in 1899, along with a new water cistern.
The light was automated and the Coast Guard keepers removed in 1985. Nobska Light remains an active aid to navigation.
New England Lighthouses - A Virtual Guide
Nearest Address: 233 Nobska Rd, Woods Hole, MA
- Take Route 28 into Falmouth.
- In Falmouth Center take a right onto Woods Hole Road (basically follow signs for the Wood's Hole Ferry Terminal).
- Turn left onto Church St. and follow it to the lighthouse. There is a small parking area at the lighthouse.
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