This lighthouse on Cape Cod, Massachusetts was erected in 1816 and first exhibited its light on November 5, 1816. The Massachusetts Race Point Lighthouse is one of Cape Cod’s earliest light stations and was originally created out of the common, broken stone, standing 25 feet tall. The light was 30 feet above water and is known as one of the first revolving lights.
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It is interesting to note that Race Point garners its name from the strong crosscurrent, aptly called a “race,” which made travel around Cape Cod’s tip fairly dangerous. This made light essential for vessels navigating in this area, through Boston Bay.
The original tower was replaced in 1875 with a 45 foot cast iron tower due to natural erosion. This time a Fresnel lens was included. A huge change to the lighthouse station occurred in 1957. This is the year in which it was electrified.
The station has been restored by the American Lighthouse Foundation, whose primary goal is the preservation of historic lighthouses. Not only does this lighthouse have historic, intrinsic value, but it is also a wonderful place to visit, and both the houses can be rented for vacation. Massachusetts Race Point Lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 15, 1987 under the name Race Point Light Station.