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.Arrange to visit Long Point and other attractions in Provincetown using our Provincetown trip planner.
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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We loved our walk our to the beach! Once we arrived we had the beach to ourselves. Give yourself a lot of time, wear sturdy footwear, and watch your step. I still rate this as a "5" even though I..... more »
We walked across the jetty & out to the beach, total of over 3 miles plus but fun. Wear good sneakers or boots for the jetty bc over a mile long on uneven rocks but worth it. more »
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