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 homes 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, Long Point is a ghost village – nothing remains, except for the lighthouse and an earthen mound, the last remnant from the earlier military post.
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  • As a photographer, I was in Heaven! This is an absolutely gorgeous place on the Cape. You will see many seals and watching them is a real treat! The ocean breeze, the setting sun, this is the ultimate...  more »
  • A dam created huge blocks of stone cut the Bay to take you on a long tongue of dunes between ocean and Marsh. At low tide, we can also go without borrowing the dike but time to market on a rugged and sandy ground is consistent. On-site we meet alone in the world on a beautiful beach. The reward is up to expectations.
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