There are 14 lighthouses dotting the shoreline of Cape Cod from Falmouth to Provincetown. Of these, nine are still active, although 3 of the active lighthouses are now in private hands. Most of the lighthouses flash white, although two flash green and one alternates red and white.
The oldest lighthouse on Cape Cod is the Highland or Cape Cod Light in North Truro. President George Washington signed the bill approving its’ construction. It started operation on November 15, 1797. The current Highland Light building dates from 1857.
The oldest original lighthouse structure is the Bass River (West Dennis) Light. The lighthouse was established in 1855 and that lighthouse tower stands to this day. While still active, the Bass River lighthouse is privately owned and is now an Inn and restaurant.
Lighthouse of the Cape Cod Coast
Following is a list of Cape Cod’s lighthouses:
- Bass River Light / West Dennis Light, Dennis, Massachusetts
- Chatham Light, Chatham, Massachusetts
- Highland / Cape Cod Light – Truro, Massachusetts
- Lewis Bay Light, Hyannis Harbor, Massachusetts
- Long Point Light, Provincetown Harbor
- Monomoy Point Lighthouse, South Monomoy, Massachusetts
- Nauset Light, Eastham, MA
- Nobska Point Lighthouse, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
- Race Point Light, Provincetown, MA
- Sandy Neck Light, Barnstable, Massachusetts
- Stage Harbor (Harding’s Beach) Lighthouse, Chatham, MA
- Three Sisters Lighthouses, Eastham, Massachusetts
- Wings Neck Lighthouse, Pocasset (Bourne), Massachusetts
- Wood End Light, Provincetown Harbor