The Beautiful Gay Head Light

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Cape Cod lighthouses are really true New England attractions.

They’re unique. They’re beautiful. They’re quintessential New England.

Many visitors make it a point to visit at least one Cape Cod lighthouse during their vacation. In fact, it’s often one of  the favorite things to do on Cape Cod.

One lighthouse that is really pretty special is the old Gay Head Light.

Beauty On The Bluffs

The Gay Head Light sits 160 feet above the sea on the beautiful bluffs of the western side of Martha’s Vineyard.

The original wooden lighthouse built in 1799 was replaced by the current brick and brownstone tower in 1856. A massive first order fresnel lens with 1008 prisms was also installed at that time. The light now has a flashing white and red beacon, but the  original lens can be viewed at the Vineyard museum in Edgartown.

Today, the land surrounding Gay Head is owned by the Wampanoag Tribe, who are very protective of the fragile clay cliffs.

Book A Cape Cod Vacation

Experience the true splendor of a Cape Cod vacation by taking advantage of deals at many of the Cape Cod hotels.

Whether you make the trip to Cape Cod during the Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall – anytime is a great time to visit.

And be sure to put Cape Cod lighthouses on your travel itinerary. They are a sight not to be missed!

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