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Plum Island Light
(Newburyport Harbor Light)
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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Jeremy D'Entremont
Location: Northern tip of Plum Island, Ipswich Bay, entrance to Merrimack River
Nearest city: Newburyport
42 48 54 N
70 49 06 W
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Accessibility: The grounds are open all year; the lighthouse is sometimes open for open houses.
Station established: 1788; Present tower built: 1898; Automated: 1951
Construction materials: Wood
Tower height: 35 feet; Height of focal plane: 50 feet
Optic: Fourth-order Fresnel lens (1856), still in use.
Characteristic: Occulting green light; two eclipses every 15 seconds
Other buildings still standing:1898 keeper's house
Active Coast Guard aid to navigation; the lighthouse is owned by the City of Newburyport and is leased to the Friends of Plum Island Light.

The Friends of Plum Island Light, Inc.

P.O. Box 381

Newburyport, MA 01950


Open houses are held on selected weekend days in summer. There is a short ladder to climb to the top; sneakers are required. Children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall to climb to the top. Tours are free, but donations to support the Friends of Plum Island Light, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the lighthouse, are appreciated.

2013 dates (all Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.):  MAY 26,  JUNE 23,  JULY 7, AUG 25,  SEPT 15, SEPT 29,  OCT 6, and also SATURDAY, AUG 3, 1 to 4 p.m.

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