Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham

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One of the first structures of its kind on Cape Cod, Chatham Lighthouse today hosts a U.S. Coast Guard station and holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed originally in 1808, the lighthouse underwent several phases of modification in the following two centuries until being fully automated in 1982. Climb to the top of the lighthouse via the stairs and ladder for a view of the Atlantic. Because this is an active Coast Guard station and working facility, you'll need to check the online schedule to see when the building is open to the public. To plan Chatham vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Great historical lighthouse that you can climb on a tour. If you are into history, then you will really enjoy this. Not to mention, the views from the top of the lighthouse are incredible.  more »
  • The first night we arrived in Chatham, it was foggy. We went down to the lighthouse to see it in action. It was very cool! Highly recommend a night visit if you're in the area!  more »
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  • Nice New England light house with a beach in front and great views of the ocean. Great to check out a night as well as it is fully functional. East parking right in front along the road.
  • Fantastic tour takes you to the top of the lighthouse and explains the history of the lighthouses in the area, the coast guard and the beautiful area. Well worth checking out during the day and at night.
  • The staff was friendly and helpful, and the tour guides were knowledgeable. It was really neat seeing a lighthouse in operation and having the operators, all Coast Guard officers, talking about it.
  • Loved the history! Chatham Lighthouse, known as Twin Lights prior to 1923, is a lighthouse in Chatham, Massachusetts, near the "elbow" of Cape Cod. The original station, close to the shore, was built in 1808 with two wooden towers that were replaced in 1841 in spite of questions as to why a single tower would not be adequate. In 1877, two new towers, made of cast iron rings, replaced those. One of the towers was moved to the Eastham area and became Nauset Light in 1923.
  • Long line, good view no handy cap to Top of light house...

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