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Long Point, Provincetown

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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, 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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  • 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 »
  • While this makes for a great hike for the hardy, going by boat is fun and faster. After doing some whale watching in the bay we boated over for a little beach time. The beach is rarely crowded...  more »

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