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RACE POINT LIGHT

State: MASSACHUSETTS
Location: NORTHERN TIP OF CAPE COD
Nearest City: PROVINCETOWN
County: BARNSTABLE
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1816


Race Point Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1995
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1876
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1978
  • Foundation Materials: NATURAL/EMPLACED
  • Construction Materials: IRON PLATE W/BRICK INTERIOR
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 45
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1876
  • Present Optic: VEGA VRB-25, SOLAR POWERED
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1998
  • Height of Focal Plane: 41
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1816
  • Description: CONICAL WHITE RUBBLESTONE
  • Fate/Disposition: TORN DOWN IN 1876 AND REPLACED WITH NEW TOWER
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1876
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style: WHISTLE HOUSE
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN/ORIG. BELL, STEAM WHISTLE
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1876
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: VICTORIAN
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: OIL HOUSE (1876)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATIONAL PARK/OVERNIGHT ACCOMODATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD (TOWER) LEASE TO AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSE FOUNATION/NEW ENGLAND LIGHTHOUSE FOUNDATION/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (GROUNDS)

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #87001482
Name of Listing: RACE POINT LIGHT STATION (LIGHTHOUSES OF MASSACHUSETTS TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:



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