Highland / Cape Cod Light – Truro, Massachusetts

Picture of Highland / Cape Cod Light, Truro, MA

Highland Light / Cape Cod Light

Highland Lighthouse, now officially known as Cape Cod Light, is located in the Town of Truro, Massachusetts, just nine miles east of Race Point and the tip of the Cape. It is located near the seventh fairway of the Highland Links Golf Course. It warns mariners of the treacherous waters known as the Peaked Hill Bars off of Pamet River Harbor.

Highland Light, the oldest lighthouse on Cape Cod, was established in 1797. The bill to fund Cape Cod’s first lighthouse was signed by the nation’s first President, George Washington, on May 17, 1796. It was only the seventh lighthouse to be funded by the federal government.

Picture of Highland Light, Truro, MA

Photographer: Francine Cottone

The current Cape Cod Lighthouse structure dates from 1857 when the original was replaced. The lighthouse was moved back 450 feet from its original location due to coastal erosion in 1996.

The Highland Light is a 66 foot tall cylindrical brick tower, painted white, with a black lantern. Other structures on the site include a keeper’s house, and a generator shed, both of which date from 1857.

The lighthouse is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. It is owned by the Cape Cod National Seashore (Federal Government) and managed by Highland Museum and Lighthouse, Inc. The light flashes white every five seconds.

The lighthouse and museum are open to the public daily May through October. When looking for the lighthouse remember to follow the signs for Cape Code Light, as that has been its official name since 1976, even if most New Englanders still call it Highland Light…

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