Sandy Neck Light, Barnstable, Massachusetts

Picture of Sandy Neck Light, Barnstable, MASandy Neck Lighthouse sits on Sandy Neck at the entrance to Barnstable Harbor on Cape Cod. It was originally built in 1826. In 1857 the original lighthouse was replaced by a new 48 foot brick tower. The lantern was removed from the lighthouse in 1931 and the lighthouse and surrounding buildings were sold at auction. It has been in private hands ever since. In 2003 the Sandy Neck Lighthouse Restoration Committee formed to restore the lighthouse. In 2007 the beacon to the lighthouse was light once again as a private aid to navigation. The current LED light can be seen from a distance of 10.4 nautical miles. The light blinks white every six seconds.

Sandy Neck Light can be seen from Millway Beach in Barnstable, but it is best seen by boat. It is not open to the public.

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  1. I was so happy to come across your article about Sandy Neck Light! There’s so much on the Web about the Cape’s more famous lighthouses (Nobska, Chatham, Highland, etc.), but not much at all about Sandy Neck.

    Just wanted to mention that another great way for vacationers to get a close-up view of Sandy Neck Light is on a whale watch cruise or a fishing charter out of Barnstable Harbor. The boats pass right by the lighthouse as they go out of the inner harbor to Cape Cod Bay. It’s definitely a “have your camera ready” experience!


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