Year Station Established: 1829
Year Present Tower Built: 1876
Year Automated: 1985 Location: Nobska Rd., Falmouth, Massachusetts
Coordinates: 41°30′59″N 70°39′27″W
Area: 2.1 acres (0.85 ha)
Architectural Style: Italianate, Federal Revival
NRHP Referece No: 87001483
Construction Materials: Cast iron with brick lining
Auxiliary Buildings Still Standing: 1876 keeper’s house, oil house, storage building, radio beacon house.
Tower Height: 40 feet
Height of Focal Plane: 87 feet
Earlier Optic: Fifth-order Fresnel lens
Present Optic: Fourth-order Fresnel lens (1888) Characteristic: Flashing white every six seconds with a red sector
Fog Signal: Two blasts every 30 seconds
Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation.
In April 2016 the Town of Falmouth was granted a license by the Coast Guard to care for the light station property. A nonprofit, the Friends of Nobska Light, has been formed.
Nobska Light, originally called Nobsque Light, also known as Nobska Point Light is a lighthouse located at the division between Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It overlooks Martha’s Vineyard and Nonamesset Island. The light station was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Nobska Point Light Station in 1987.
The original Nomination Form from June 1987 with the National Register of Historic Places Inventory, along with useful background information on lighthouses, can be found by clicking here!
Visitor Information: The tower and dwelling are not opened to the public currently, but Friends of Nobska Light plans to open them in the future. The lighthouse is owned by the Town of Falmouth. Grounds open, dwelling/tower closed.
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