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Plymouth Light
(Gurnet Light)
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Jeremy D'Entremont
Location: Gurnet Point / Plymouth Bay. Nearest city: Plymouth
42 00 13 N
70 36 02 W
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Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. The Gurnet is accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicle from Duxbury Beach, but the road to the lighthouse is not open to the general public. There may be occasional open houses, including during Duxbury's "Opening of the Bay" festival in May.
Station established: 1768; Present tower built: 1843; Automated: 1986
Construction material: wood; Tower height: 34 feet; Height of focal plane: 104 feet
Previous optic: Fourth order Fresnel (1871, now at Hull Lifesaving Museum)
Present optic: 190 mm
Characteristic: Three white flashes every 30 seconds with a red sector
Fog signal: One blast every 15 seconds
Other buildings still standing: 1963 keeper's house, cistern, oil house
Owner/manager: Active Coast Guard aid to navigation; lighthouse managed by:
Project Gurnet and Bug Lights
P.O. Box 2167
Duxbury, MA 02331
The former keepers' house can be rented by the week or by the month. Rents vary depending upon the month and season.
For more information, see www.buglight.org
Related sites
Destination Plymouth

Town of Plymouth

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