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Wood End Lighthouse at Cape Cod National Seashore

Wood End Lighthouse at Cape Cod National Seashore

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The Wood End Lighthouse was erected in 1872 and is still standing, making it the only original lighthouse within Cape Cod National Seashore. Since 1981, it has operated on solar power. The light still functions today, though with modern technology it shines more for historic, tourist, and esthetic purposes than it does for navigation.

Solar-powered Wood End Lighthouse at Cape Cod

Solar-powered Wood End Lighthouse at Cape Cod

The original lightkeeper’s house was replaced by a new one in 1896, but after the light was automated in 1961 and a lightkeeper was no longer needed, the house was torn down. However, the oil house built at the same time remains standing.

Wood End Lighthouse and oil house on the Long Point Peninsula

Wood End Lighthouse and oil house on the Long Point Peninsula

The Wood End Lighthouse is only accessible by foot or boat. If you are up for a long hike, you can visit both the Wood End and Long Point lighthouses. Neither lighthouse is open for climbing, so all you can do is take a look and a photo. See the Long Point Dike to Two Lighthouses Hike web page here on National Park Planner for details.

Long Point Peninsula, part of Cape Cod National Seashore

Long Point Peninsula, part of Cape Cod National Seashore

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Last updated on September 28, 2021
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