Stage Harbor Light
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Stage Harbor Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1880

Is the Light operational? No

Year Light First Lit: 1880

Year Deactivated: 1933

Shape: Conical

Tower Height: 36   ft.

Original Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel

Present Optic: Removed

Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
     Year Constructed: 1880
      Number of Stories: 2
      Architectural Style: Attached
      Construction Materials: Wood

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Stage Harbor Lighthouse
Chatham, MA

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Last Visited: September, 2007

A 48-foot cast-iron tower and wood-frame keeper's house were built in the area of Chatham known as Stage Harbor at a cost of $9,862.74, and the light went into service on July 15, 1880. The lighthouse was fitted with a fifth-order Fresnel lens that exhibited a fixed white light visible for 12 nautical miles.

In 1933 an automated light on a skeleton tower replaced Stage Harbor Light. The government removed the lantern and capped the tower, and the property passed into private hands. The same family that first bought the property, the Hoyts, still owns it. There has never been electricity at the station, and no plumbing except a single pump. A skeleton tower continues as an active aid to navigation, exhibiting a white flash.

Source: New England Lighthouses - A Virtual Guide

The lighthouse can be viewed across the water from the town landing at the end of Sears Road, or can be reached after a one-mile hike on Harding's Beach. The house and tower are private property.

Latitude/Longitude: 41.658669,-69.983684

  • Take Route 28 into Chatham. At the small rotary/circle/roundabout in Chatham turn south onto Stage Harbor Road.
  • In 1.2 miles Stage Harbor Road becomes Champlain Road.
  • Continue straight on Champlain Road for 0.6 miles to a 4-way intersection. Continue straight onto Sears Rd.
  • Take Sears Rd. about 1 mile to the end. Park and walk down to the boat ramp. Off to your left you'll see the lighthouse in the distance (about 1/2 mile)

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