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The Brant Point Lighthouse Station was established in 1746 making it the second oldest light station in the United States (Boston Lighthouse is the oldest). Brant Point also holds the record for being rebuilt more than any other light house station with at least 8 replacements. The current tower was built of wood with a cast iron lantern in 1901 to replace the 1856 tower which still exists, although minus its lantern room. Both the 1856 keeper's house and the headless tower are still in use at the U.S. Coast Guard Station - Brant Point, a short distance from the current tower. A 1904 Oil House and a 1936 Boat House are located on the beach between the two towers.
The Brant Point Lighthouse continues to be an active aid to navigation operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. The lighthouse displays a red light that is eclipsed every 4 seconds and is equiped with an automated fog horn that sounds once every 10 seconds when needed. The 26 foot tall white tower with Green trim and black lantern continues to guide mariners to the Nantucket Harbor from Nantucket Sound.
November 2000 Issue, Coast Guard and Campbell Construction Restore Brant Point Light by Jeremy D'Entremont . The Campbell Construction Company which has completed several restorations of New England Lighthouses restored Brant Point Lighthouse in 2000. Please go to the Lighthouse Digest Magazine Archives for the full article. Lighthouse Digest magazine not only keeps the history of our lighthouses alive both in print and on line, but it is the best single source to keep current on all aspects of lighthouse preservation, news and events
The1901 Brant Point Lighthouse is located at the tip of Brant Point on Nantucket Island.
Directions: From Broad St at the end of Steamboat Wharf, turn northbound on South Beach St. Turn right onto Easton St and continue east to the intersection of Hulbert St. There is no parking permitted on Easton St east of Hulbert St but there is parking permitted before the intersection. Continue east without your car on Easton Av. a short distance to the dead end. Notice the 1856 tower and newer Range Lights (both skeleton towers) on the grounds of the Coast Guard Station on your right. From the dead end, continue over the sand to the tip of Brant Point and the 1901 tower. There are no public facilities at Brant Point but they can be found on Steamboat Wharf and other locations in the Nantucket business district.
For more photographs and history of the Brant Point Lighthouse, you can visit the:
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce - For other attractions and information when visiting the Brant Point Lighthouse.