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Nobska Point Light
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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Jeremy D'Entremont
Location: Woods Hole Harbor entrance, Cape Cod
Nearest town: Woods Hole (Falmouth)
41 30 57 N
70 39 18 W
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Station established: 1829; Present tower built: 1876; Automated: 1985
Construction materials: Cast iron with brick lining
Tower height: 40 feet; Height of focal plane: 87 feet
Other buildings still standing: 1876 keeper's house, oil house, storage building, garage.
Earlier optic: Fifth-order Fresnel
Present optic: Fourth-order Fresnel (1888)
Characteristic: Flashing white every six seconds with a red sector
Fog signal: Two blasts every 30 seconds

The keeper's house serves as the home for the commander of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse tower is open only during scheduled open houses. Lighthouse tours are conducted by United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-2. Admission is free. For more information, email Michael Bedard

Related sites:
Woods Hole Homepage
Falmouth Chamber of Commerce
Falmouth Historical Society

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