Old Scituate Light

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Old Scituate Light
Scituate Lighthouse 1.jpg
Old Scituate Light in Scituate
Old Scituate Light is located in Massachusetts
Old Scituate Light
Location Cedar Point, Scituate Harbor, Scituate, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°12′17.1″N 70°42′57″W / 42.204750°N 70.71583°W / 42.204750; -70.71583Coordinates: 42°12′17.1″N 70°42′57″W / 42.204750°N 70.71583°W / 42.204750; -70.71583
Year first lit 1811
Deactivated 1860–1994
Foundation Natural/emplaced
Construction Granite/Brick
Tower shape Octagonal
Markings / pattern white with green lantern room roof
Height 25 feet (7.6 m), 70 feet (21 m) above sea level
Original lens Pan Lamp 1811, Fresnel Lens 1855
Characteristic Flashing white 15s, Private Aid.
USCG number


Scituate Light
Area 1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
MPS Lighthouses of Massachusetts TR
NRHP reference # 87001490[3]
Added to NRHP June 15, 1987
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata

Old Scituate Light also known simply as Scituate Light is a historic lighthouse located on Cedar Point in Scituate, Massachusetts. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 as Scituate Light.[3]


In May, 1810, the Federal Government appropriated $4,000 for a lighthouse to be built at the entrance of Scituate Harbor. The lighthouse was completed two months ahead of schedule, on September 19, 1811, making it the 11th lighthouse in the United States. In September, 1814, during the War of 1812, Rebecca and Abagail Bates ("The Lighthouse Army of Two") warded off an attack by British soldiers by playing their fife and drum loudly. The British retreated since they thought the sound came from the Scituate Town Militia.

In 1850, the lighthouse was removed from service due to the construction of the Minot's Ledge Light. It was put back into service in 1852, after a storm destroyed the first Minot's Ledge Light, and it received a new Fresnel lens in 1855. In 1860, the light was once again removed from service after the second tower at Minot's Ledge was built. Over the next 60 years the lighthouse fell into disrepair.

In 1916, the lighthouse was put up for sale, and in 1917, it was purchased by the town of Scituate for $4,000.

In 1930, a new replica lantern was added. In the 1962 the lighthouse was in a state disrepair. The Scituate Historical Society appropriated $6,500 for repairs. The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. In 1991, the lighthouse was relit with the light visible only from land; the light was made visible from sea as a private aid to navigation in 1994.

Occasional tours are available from the Scituate Historical Society. The keeper's house is a private residence. The current keeper is Bob Gallagher, a History teacher at Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Massachusetts.

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