This past September the General Services Administration transferred ownership of the previously Coast Guard owned Duxbury Pier Lighthouse in Duxbury, Massachusetts to the nonprofit Project Gurnet and Bug Light. The Duxbury Pier Lighthouse is known locally as Bug Light.
The Duxbury Pier Lighthouse had already been leased to Project Gurnet and Bug Light for a number of years with various restoration projects having taken place in 1994, 2001, 2008 and 2011.
When it was built in 1871, it was the first offshore cast-iron caisson lighthouse constructed in the United States. At two different times after automation in 1964, the Coast Guard wanted to demolish the lighthouse and replace it with a fiberglass pole. But, both times, public protests stopped the demolition.
The group’s original name was Project Bug Light, but they changed their name to Project Gurnet and Bug Lights when in 1999 they took over the care of the nearby Plymouth Lighthouse at Gurnet Point in Duxbury, Massachusetts. The Plymouth Light is more commonly known locally as the Gurnet Light.
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