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Name: Wood End Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Provincetown, Massachusetts, United States

Location: Entrance to Provincetown Harbor.

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Managing Organization:
Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation

Telephone: 207-646-0245


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 545
Maine, 04841, United States

All buildings except the lighthouse and oil house at Wood End were destroyed after the light's 1961 automation.

Tower Height: 39

Height of Focal Plane: 45

Characteristic and Range: Flashing red every 10 seconds.

Description of Tower: White, square pyramidal brick tower with black cast iron lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1896 brick oil house.

Date Established: 1872

Date Present Tower Built: 1872

Date Automated: 1961

Optics: 1872: Fifth order Fresnel lens; 1916: New fifth order Fresnel lens; now Vega VRB-25, solar powered.

Fog Signal: 1902: Fog bell and striking mechanism in pyramidal tower; now automated horn with one blast every 30 seconds.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Wood End Light can be reached by walking across a breakwater at the west end of Commercial Street. The walk is fairly strenuous and the breakwater is exposed to waves and spray in rough weather. You can also take a water shuttle to Long Point -- call Flyer's at (508) 487-0898 or (800) 750-0898. The walk from Long Point to Wood End is a couple of miles over soft sand.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Thomas Lowe (?) (1872-1897); Philip R. Smith (1897-?); George H. Fitzpatrick (c. 1940s), George Grimes (c. 1940s)

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