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New England Light Pollution Advisory Group

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The New England Light Pollution Advisory Group (NELPAG) is a volunteer organization founded in 1993 to educate the public on the benefits of using efficient, glare-free outdoor night lighting. It is an affiliate of the International Dark Sky Association.

NELPAG maintains a wide range of resources about outdoor-lighting issues. These include background articles on the terminology and principles of outdoor lighting, details of current and pending state legislation concerning outdoor lighting, a chronicle of relevant news reports from the New England region, lists of towns with outdoor-lighting regulations, and samples of such ordinances.

NELPAG also sponsors occasional meetings throughout the New England region that bring together lighting engineers, astronomers, policy makers, journalists, and the general public for discussion of improvement in outdoor night lighting.

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Visit New England Lighthouses, Discover New England

New England's Iconic Lighthouses Video courtesy Mystic Seaport

For centuries, lighthouse warnings have saved ships and lives along New England’s 6,000 miles of coastline. Tall and white, squat and striped, remote and accessible: each New England lighthouse is different. Together, they are symbols of the region and its maritime heritage. All the six New England states have lighthouses. Some you can admire from afar; others are open for visits; you can even stay overnight in a few. Perfect for photographers and fun for families, each lighthouse has a story to tell. Why not 'collect' lights? With well over 150, New England has plenty to keep you busy!

Connecticut's Lighthouses

Lighthouses have guided shipping through Long Island Sound ever since settlers could afford to build them. The oldest is New London Harbor Light, established way back in 1761. To see the Sheffield Island Light, take a cruise out of Norwalk. As well as seeing the 144-year-old lighthouse, the island has wildlife and unspoiled beaches. Back on the mainland, the Old Lighthouse Museum in Stonington is in the stone 1840 lighthouse. Learn about the daily lives of fishermen and farmers, merchants and shipbuilders; then, climb the old iron stairs to the top of the tower for grand views over the ocean.

Maine's Lighthouses

Some 66 lighthouses protect shipping along Maine’s rocky shoreline, from the Nubble Light on Cape Neddick, near York, all the way to West Quoddy Head, near Lubec. The only candy-striped lighthouse in the U.S.A., this is Maine's most famous light and the easternmost point of land in the United States. In the state’s midcoast region, Rockland is home to the Maine Lighthouse Museum. See the country’s largest collection of lighthouse and Coast Guard memorabilia, then walk out along the mile-long breakwater (open weekends in summer) to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. From Boothbay Harbor, take an educational tour to the Burnt Island Light Station (seasonal).

Massachusetts' Lighthouses

The 50 lighthouses studding the Bay State’s coast are testimony to the importance of seafaring, then and now. Long a busy fishing port, Gloucester is guarded by three lighthouses, including Eastern Point Light with its unusual breakwater and the lighthouse station where artist Winslow Homer lived and painted some of his finest works more than a century ago. As well as some of America’s finest beaches, Cape Cod and the Cape Cod National Seashore have some of the country’s most historic lighthouses. Highland Light (also known as Cape Cod Light) is near Truro (guided tours May-Oct.); Nauset Light is near Eastham (open Sun. and Wed. in season); and Race Point Light (tours in season) is out near the tip of Cape Cod.

New Hampshire's Lighthouses

The Granite State may have only 18 miles of coast, but there are some impressive lighthouses. The easiest to get to is the Portsmouth Harbor Light, established in 1771 as the American colonies’ first light station north of Boston. The Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse offer regular tours: climb 44 stairs to the watch room, then a seven-rung ladder to the lantern room. On the Isles of Shoals, the remote White Island Light is a highlight of cruises from Portsmouth (Isles of Shoals Steamship Co., Portsmouth Harbor Cruises) and Rye (Island Cruises). Inland, there are also three lighthouses on Lake Sunapee.

Rhode Island's Lighthouses

The Ocean State has a grand maritime tradition, usually associated with yacht racing. But a score of lighthouses are a reminder that Little Rhody was also a major trading state. One of the oldest lighthouse sites in America is Watch Hill, established by the colony of Rhode Island in 1807. Out in Westerly, a popular vacation destination, the Watch Hill Light is s ti ll a ctive and has a small museum on the grounds (open in summer). Twelve miles offshore, Block Island, accessed by ferry, has two atmospheric lighthouses: the North Light and Southeast Light (open in summer, with a museum and gift shop). A mile offshore, in Narragansett Bay, the Rose Island Lighthouse is something special. Accessible only by boat, this is now a B&B.

Vermont's Lighthouses

The Green Mountain State is not on the ocean, but 120-mile long Lake Champlain is big enough to have witnessed two naval battles – in 1776 and 1814. Both were against the British Navy. Although the lake lighthouses are pretty as a picture, the most accessible is on dry ground at the Shelburne Museum, where the former lighthouse guarding Colchester Reef on Lake Champlain is now a popular visitor attraction. Experience daily 19th-century life on the lake and learn about Lake Champlain history.

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New England Lighthouses

New England Lighthouses

With thousands of miles of coastline, New England has nearly 200 lighthouses for lighthouse fans to explore. From the rocky shores of Maine all the way down to Connecticut lighthouses dot the New England coast providing aid to maritime navigation.

The lighthouses of New England blink red, green, white, and even yellow, or oscillate in similar colors and color combinations.

There are many people who make a hobby of “collecting” lighthouses. They visit as many as they can taking pictures and checking them off their list. Visiting New England’s lighthouses can make for quite a challenge. Some are only visible from water, others require over-sand access, and still others are now private property and require owner permission to visit.

Summer, and the warm parts of spring and fall are typically the best time to visit lighthouses. It is during these times, and especially during the summer, that lighthouses are most likely to be open for tours.

Following are a bunch of fun facts about New England’s lighthouses.

New England Lighthouse Facts and Trivia

Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

New England’s Oldest Lighthouses by State
  • Connecticut: New London Harbor Light (1801). It is also the state’s tallest.
  • Maine: Portland Head Light (1791).
  • Massachusetts: Boston Light (1716). It is also the oldest lighthouse in New England and the oldest lighthouse station in the United States.
  • New Hampshire: Isles of Shoals Light, which is also know as White Island Light (1821).
  • Rhode Island: Beavertail Light (1749). This is also the fourth oldest lighthouse station in the United States.
  • Vermont: Isle la Motte Light (1829) on Lake Chaplain.

Boon Island Light

New England’s Tallest Lighthouses by State
  • Connecticut: New London Harbor Light (1761) at 89 feet tall. It is also Connecticut’s oldest lighthouse.
  • Maine: Boon Island Light (1799) at 133 feet tall. Boon Island Light is also New England’s tallest lighthouse.
  • Massachusetts: The twin Thacher Island Lighthouses (1771), each standing 124 feet tall.
  • New Hampshire: Isles of Shoals Light (White Island Light) (1821) at 58 feet tall.
  • Rhode Island: Sakonnet Light (1884) standing at 66 feet tall.
  • Vermont: Windmill Point Light (1858) on Lake Champlain at 40 feet.

Stonington Harbor Lighthouse, Stonington, CT

Other Fun New England Lighthouse Facts
  • With the longest coastline in New England, Maine has the most lighthouses with nearly 70.
  • With the shortest coastline in the United States, New Hampshire has the fewest coastal lighthouses with only 2.
  • There are over a dozen lighthouse in New England that offer lodging.
  • Connecticut is home to the oldest lighthouse in the United States built in the attached “church” or “schoolhouse” style – the Stonington Harbor Light (1823).
  • The Derby Wharf Light (1871) in Salem, part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site maintained by the National Park Service, is one of the smallest lighthouse in the United States at only 25 feet.
  • West Quoddy Head Light in Maine is the easternmost point in the contiguous United States.
  • Saddleback Ledge Light (1839) in Maine is the oldest wave swept lighthouse in the United States.
  • Two New England lakes have lighthouses – Lake Champlain in Vermont, and Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire.
  • New England is home to 4 of the five oldest lighthouse stations in the United States – #1 Boston Light (1716), #3 Brant Point Light on Nantucket (1746), #4 Beavertail Light (1749) in Rhode Island, and #5 New London Harbor Light (1761) in Connecticut
  • The lighthouse seen on Connecticut special license plates is the New London Ledge Light (1909).
  • The lighthouse on the Maine State Quarter is the Pemaquid Point Light (1827).
  • The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse (1858) on Mount Desert Island in Maine also appears on one of the Mint’s “America the Beautiful Quarters Program” quarters.

Please note: All dates given are the year the lighthouse station was established, not necessarily the date that the current lighthouse at the station was built.

Burlington Breakwater North Light, Burlington, VT

New England’s Lighthouses by State

Photo credits: The photo of Boston Light is by Dpbsmith and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License. The picture of Portland Head Light is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. The picture of Stonington Harbor Light is from Wikipedia. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. The picture of Stonington Harbor Light is from Wikipedia. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

Lighthouses of Southwest England

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This page lists lighthouses of the southwestern peninsula of England, including the counties of Devon and Cornwall. The southern coast of the peninsula faces the English Channel, while the north coast faces the Irish Sea and Bristol Channel. This region includes many of the most famous English lighthouses.

The British system of lighthouse administration is decentralized, with the major towers under the management of Trinity House (a corporation chartered by the Crown) and smaller towers generally under the control of local port authorities. This system has generally assisted lighthouse preservation, and so has the British custom of building very sturdy stone lighthouses at most of the stations. Most of the onshore lighthouses are accessible to visitors, and several of them are major tourist attractions.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from Volume A of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA numbers are from Publication 114.

General Sources Trinity House Chartered by Henry VIII in 1514 as a charitable organization, Trinity House has built and operated lighthouses in Britain since 1609. Photographers Resource - Lighthouses A comprehensive guide to British lighthouses, with multiple photos and historical notes for many of the light stations. Online List of Lights - England Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas. Lighthouses in England Aerial photos posted by Marinas.com. Lighthouse Compendium There is lots of useful information on this site by Michael Millichamp, including his Guide to English and Welsh Lights, an inventory of surviving English and Welsh lighthouses. Lighthouses in England Photos available from Wikimedia; many of these photos were first posted on Geograph.org.uk. Lighthouses in Cornwall, England Information on nine famous lighthouses posted by the tourist development board Cornwall Calling. The History of Devon's Lighthouses This BBC story by Jemima Laing links to a gallery of a dozen fine photos of Devon lighthouses. Britische Leuchttürme auf historischen Postkarten Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse. Association of Lighthouse Keepers Founded by serving and retired keepers, this lighthouse association is open to everyone.

Godrevy Island Light, Cornwall, August 2006

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Steven Turner

Devon South Coast Lighthouses

Teignbridge District Lighthouses * Teignmouth (The Den) 1845. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); continuous red light. 6 m (20 ft) round limestone tower with lantern. The tower is unpainted; the lantern is blue plastic or fiberglass. Trabas has Arno Siering's closeup, Chris Allen has a 2011 photo, Brian Sexton has a good photo, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. The lighthouse also functions as the front light of a range; the rear light is mounted on a tall black mast in front of the Lynton Hotel. This historic lighthouse was built by the Teignmouth Harbour Commission and has remained under their control ever since. Devon Heritage has a brief article describing its construction. Located on the beachfront at Den Point in Teignmouth. Site open, tower closed. Operator: Teignmouth Harbour Commission. ARLHS ENG-153; Admiralty A0262; NGA 0392. * [Phillip Lucette Beacon] Date unknown. Active; focal plane 4 m (13 ft); red light, occulting once every 6 s. 4 m (13 ft) stone column. Trabas has a photo, Lighthouse Explorer has Tony Denton's photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Not a lighthouse, but obviously a venerable beacon. Located on a submerged training wall (breakwater) on the south side of the entrance to the Teign, off Marine Parade in Shaldon. Site open, tower closed. Operator: Teignmouth Harbour Commission . Admiralty A0263; NGA 0400.

Berry Head Light, Brixham, May 2005

Geograph Creative Commons photo by Robin Lucas

South Hams District (Dartmouth Area) Lighthouses * [Kingswear Daymark] 1864. Inactive daybeacon. 25 m (82 ft) octagonal pyramidal hollow granite tower with a gracefully arched base, open underneath. Tony Walker has a nice 2009 photo, Wendy Emlyn has a good photo, and Google has a satellite view. This unusual tower is well maintained as a daybeacon and as a historical monument. Located at an elevation of about 145 m (475 ft) and about 700 m (0.44 mi) from the coast on the east side of the entrance to the Dart estuary. Accessible by road. Site open, and visitors can walk under the tower. Owner/site manager: Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority.

Start Point Light, Dartmouth, March 2008

Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Nilfanion

Eddystone and Plymouth Lighthouses * Staddon Point Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white, red or green light depending on direction. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower painted with red and white horizontal bands. Trabas has a photo, a 2014 photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. This light guides vessels around the east end of the Plymouth Breakwater. Located on the point below Fort Bovisand. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty A0115.5; NGA 0153.

1759 Eddystone Light (Smeaton's Tower), Plymouth, May 2013

Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Karl Gruber

Eddystone Light, English Channel, 2005

Wikimedia public domain photo by Pline

St. Austell Area Lighthouses * [Nailzee Point Fog Signal] Date unknown (after 1977). Inactive since 2012. 3 m (10 ft) square concrete "pillbox," with a square opening in the front, painted white. Google has a street view and a satellite view . Located on the south side of the harbor entrance in Looe. Site open, tower closed. ex-Admiralty A0095. * [Spy House Point (Polperro)] 1911. Active; focal plane 30 m (98 ft); white or red light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 3 m (10 ft) round brick tower with lantern, painted white with black trim. Trabas has a closeup photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the entrance to the harbor of Polperro, a small port about 10 km (6 mi) east of Fowey. Site open, tower closed. Operator: unknown. ARLHS ENG-243; Admiralty A0090; NGA 0118.

Mevagissey Light, July 2010

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Roger Marks

East Tower, The Lizard, Landewednack, October 2008

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Nick Hubbard

Penzance Area Lighthouses

Newlyn Harbour South Pier Light , May 2010

Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Herbythyme

Land's End Lighthouses Note: Land's End is the picturesque and stormy headland at the extreme southwestern tip of Cornwall and of England. Located at the end of the A30 highway, the cape is a popular tourist attraction with a visitors' center and a large parking area. * Tater Du 1965 (Michael H. Crisp). Active; focal plane 34 m (112 ft); three white flashes, separated by 2.5 s, every 15 s. 15 m (50 ft) round cylindrical concrete block tower with lantern and gallery, painted white, rising from 1-story service building. Fog horn (two blasts every 30 s). Trabas has a great closeup by Klaus Kern, Photographer's Resource has an excellent page with numerous photos, Tony Kerr has another photo, and Google has a satellite view. The lighthouse was built after the Spanish freighter Juan Ferrar wrecked nearby in 1963 with the loss of 11 lives. Located on a headland about 6 km (4 mi) southwest of Penzance. The road to the light station is not open to the public, but the lighthouse is accessible by hiking about 3 km (2 mi) from Lamorna Cove on the Cornish Coastal Trail. Site open, tower closed. Operator/site manager: Trinity House. ARLHS ENG-152; Admiralty A0032; NGA 0032.

Wolf Rock Light, September 2008

Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Alvaro

Isles of Scilly Lighthouses

Bishop Rock Light, Isles of Scilly, June 2006

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Jeremy Pearson

Peninnis Head Light, Isles of Scilly, August 2008

Geograph Creative Commons photo by Bob Embleton

St. Ives Area Lighthouses * St. Ives (1) 1831 (James and Edward Harvey). Inactive since 1890. 6 m (20 ft) square cylindrical stone tower with octagonal gallery and a broad observation room instead of a traditional lantern. A fine closeup is available, Wikimedia has a 2010 photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. This tower is mounted on the original harbor wall built by John Smeaton in 1770, but the common belief that Smeaton also built the lighthouse is not correct. After deactivation in 1890 the building was used as a store. The lighthouse was restored in the late 1990s after being nearly destroyed by fire in 1996. Located on the waterfront in St. Ive's. Site open, tower closed. Owner/site manager: Cornwall Council. ARLHS ENG-144.

St. Ives Light, October 2005

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Ennor

Northern Cornwall Lighthouses * [Newquay Huer's Hut] Date unknown. A prominent daybeacon, possibly used as a lighthouse. Approx. 7 m (23 ft) whitewashed rubblestone building with a prominent square chimney. The Cornwall Guide also has a nice page for the building, Tim Cracknell has a 2016 closeup photo, David Long has a photo and a second photo of the explanatory plaque, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. This building is reputed to date from the 14th century, although some historians question that early date. It served as a watch station for huers, men hired during the pilchard season to watch for schools of the fish and alert local fishermen to take to the sea if fish were sighted. Lights might also be displayed to assist the boats on their return, although there's no evidence that the building was used otherwise as a lighthouse. Located on a promontory at the entrance to the harbor of Newquay. Site open, tower closed. ** Trevose Head (High) 1847. Active; focal plane 62 m (204 ft); white flash every 7.5 s. 26.5 m (87 ft) brick tower with lantern and gallery attached to two 1-story keeper's houses. Rotating 1st order Fresnel lens (1913) in use. Fog horn (2 blasts every 30 s). Entire light station painted white. Steve Wheeler's photo is at right, Photographer's Resource has several photos, Trabas has a good closeup by Arno Siering, West Country Views has a fine portfolio of photos, Frazer Mountford has a street view, and Google has a good satellite view. Four keeper's cottages are available for vacation rental. In 2016 the surrounding property, some 88 ha (217 acres), was for sale for ВЈ4 million. Trevose Head is a peninsula at the northwestern tip of Cornwall. The former low light was discontinued in 1882. Located about 8 km (5 mi) northwest of Padstow. Site and keeper's house open to paying guests, tower closed. The lighthouse can be viewed from nearby on the Southwest Coast Path. Operator/site manager: Trinity House. ARLHS ENG-157; Admiralty A5638; NGA 6272.

Trevose Head Light, Padstow, April 2010

Geograph Creative Commons photo by John Brightley

Devon North Coast Lighthouses

Torridge District: Lundy Island Lighthouses

Lundy Island North Light, August 2007

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Steve Hodgson

Torridge District: Mainland Lighthouses

Hartland Point Light, Titchberry, July 2004

Geograph Creative Commons photo by Nicholas Mutton

North Devon District Lighthouses * [Braunton Sands Low (Crow Point) (2)] 1957(?) (station established 1820). Active; focal plane 8 m (27 ft); flash every 5 s, white or red depending on direction. 7.5 m (25 ft) square pyramidal steel skeletal tower, painted white; no lantern. Trabas has a distant photo, Mark Fogg has a closeup is available, and Google has a satellite view. Originally there were high and low lighthouses at Braunton Sands; the high light was a remarkable octagonal wood tower mounted atop a 2-story keeper's house; a historic photo is available. These lights were demolished in 1957. Located on a sandy spit just inside the entrance to the River Taw opposite Instow. It should be possible to walk out to the light. Operator: Trinity House. ARLHS ENG-030; Admiralty A5612; NGA 6240. ** Bull Point (3) 1976 (station established 1879). Active; focal plane 54 m (177 ft); three white flashes every 10 s; also a continuous red hazard light is shown westward over Rockham Shoal. 12 m (35 ft) square cylindrical brick tower with lantern and gallery, attached to 1-story utility building. Four keeper's cottages available for vacation rental. Photographer's Resource has a good page for the lighthouse, Wikimedia has photos, Trabas has a closeup photo by Arno Siering, David Lennard has a street view, and Google has a satellite view. Huelse has a historic postcard view of the original lighthouse. This clifftop light station is highly vulnerable to erosion. In September 1972 a large slide destroyed the fog signal building and threatened the lighthouse, forcing Trinity House to replace both structures. A temporary lighthouse (a skeletal tower with lantern and gallery) was relocated to serve while the present lighthouse was designed and built. Located on the point about 2 km (1.2 mi) north of Mortehoe. Accessible by a popular hike from Mortehoe on the South West Coast Path. Site open, keeper's house open to paying guests, tower closed. Operator/site manager: Trinity House. ARLHS ENG-017; Admiralty A5600; NGA 6228.

Lynmouth Foreland Light, Lynton, September 2009

Geograph Creative Commons photo by Don Cload

Information available on lost lighthouses:

  • Braunton Sands High (1820-1957). This lighthouse was demolished; see Braunton Sands Low above. ARLHS ENG-008.

Notable faux lighthouses:

  • Rhenish Tower (1850s, rebuilt after 1952), on the west pier at Lynmouth, is often called a lighthouse, but it was never an official aid to navigation. Google has a street view and a satellite view.

Posted November 23, 2004. Checked and revised October 9, 2017. Lighthouses: 43; lightships: 1. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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