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Nauset Light

March 17, 2019

If you have ever had a bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips, then you have seen Nauset Light with its iconic red and white color scheme (used for daytime identification).

Located in Eastham, MA, the current structure originated in Chatham, MA where it was paired with an identical light (the current Chatham Lighthouse). Dating from 1877 and constructed of cast iron with a brick interior, it was moved to Eastham in 1923 (the color scheme dates to the 1940s).

Like Cape Cod Light, erosion has jeopardized the lighthouse. Originally 200 ft. from the cliff, it was less than 35 ft. in 1996 when it was moved across the road. One of the pictures below dates to the 1980s, where you can see the light in its original location – close to the cliff and easily seen from the beach below. The recent picture of the road (taken from the top of the lighthouse) shows its original location and what little land is left east of the road.



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