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Long Point, Provincetown

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Long Point is a peninsula located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at the extreme tip of Cape Cod, as it curls back in on itself to create Provincetown Harbor. The Long Point Light was built on this point in 1827. The lighthouse once shared this peninsula with a settlement of fishermen that came to be known as Long Point, Massachusetts. This Provincetown village grew and thrived from 1818 until the late 1850s. When the settlers decided to leave Long Point, they took most of their houses with them – about 30 structures in all – by floating them across the harbor.
During the American Civil War, the military established a defensive coastal artillery post and garrison at this location. The Long Point Battery came to be known as "Fort Useless" and "Fort Ridiculous" among the local residents.
Today, nothing remains of the village of Long Point, except for the lighthouse and an earthen mound, the last remnant from the earlier military post.
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  • At first it seemed nerve-wracking walking on the jetty rocks, but after a while you get used to it . It takes about an hour each way to cross the jetty to the other side, then about 10-15 more to... 
    At first it seemed nerve-wracking walking on the jetty rocks, but after a while you get used to it . It takes about an hour each way to cross the jetty to the other side, then about 10-15 more to...  more »
  • What can be more peaceful and fun? Walking/ hopping the flat boulders on the jetty at Long Point is simply the best! The views on both sides are stunning. One can look at the water as the tides... 
    What can be more peaceful and fun? Walking/ hopping the flat boulders on the jetty at Long Point is simply the best! The views on both sides are stunning. One can look at the water as the tides...  more »

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