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Nauset Light Gets a Sprucing Up

By Jeremy D'Entremont


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If you're not familiar with Nauset Light in Eastham, Massachusetts, just check out the snack aisle at your local grocery store and you're likely to see its image. It's the one on the Cape Cod Potato Chip bags. It was a Cape Cod icon long before that happened, though, its familiar day mark colors, red on top and white on the bottom, and its red and white flashing light are an essential part of the local landscape for Cape residents and vacationers.

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Nauset Light before 1940, when it got its ...

The lighthouse was threatened with extinction due to coastal erosion a decade ago, but it was rescued through the determination of the Nauset Light Preservation Society (NLPS). The lighthouse was moved to safety, 336 feet from the edge of an eroding bluff, back in 1996.

The volunteers of NLPS hold frequent open houses at the lighthouse yearly from May through October, and they've also shown themselves to be good stewards of the property. This fall, they hired J. Goodison Co., Inc. of East Providence, Rhode Island to perform an exterior restoration of the tower.

The entire exterior was sandblasted, seams were repaired and resealed and leaks were fixed. The tower was repainted in its traditional color scheme using Wasser High Tech Coatings. Badly rusted handrails on the lantern gallery were replicated and replaced.

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This story appeared in the Jan/Feb 2006 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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