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The Race Point Lighthouse Station was established in 1816 with a 25 foot stone tower and Keeper's House. The current tower was built in 1876 along with a brick fog signal building, oil house and two story wooden frame keeper's house. The new tower was equipped with a fourth order Fresnel Lens. The light was automated in 1978 and now displays a solar powered modern optic. A 2002 restoration effort returned the tower to its original appearance and ongoing work by the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation has also restored the Keeper's House and other station buildings. This non profit preservation group has stewardship of the light station and now provides overnight accomodations at the light station to fund continued preservation at not only Race Point, but several other historic lighthouses. The movie "The Lightkeeper's" (released in 2010) was filmed primarily at the Race Point Light Station and the doorway to the tower's entry shed was rebuilt for the movie. Upon completion of filming, the movie crew was prepared to restore the doorway but the Cape Cod Chapter opted to keep the improved entry.
The Race Point Lighthouse continues to be an active aid to navigation displaying a white flashing light every 10 seconds and the optic is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The 45 foot tall white cast iron tower is lined with brick and is occasionally open to the public as well as for it's overnight guests.
September 2009 Issue, Lighthouse Movie Filmed at Race Point Lighthouse, By Timothy Harrison. "A new movie, filmed largely at Race Point Lighthouse on Cape Cod, Massachusetts will be released nationwide sometime in the spring of next year. The movie, The Lightkeepers, stars talented actor Richard Dreyfuss of Jaws and Mr. Holland’s Opus fame..." Please go to the Lighthouse Digest Magazine Archives to read this 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.
The Race Point Lighthouse is located at the northern tip of Cape Cod on the Cape Cod National Seashore and the grounds are open to the public. The station is only accessible by foot or 4 wheel drive vehicle with a valid oversand permit.
Directions: From Route 6 on Cape Cod, continue North (East) to Provincetown. Turn right onto Race Point Rd and follow the signs to the Oversand permit station. Access the beach and continue north approximately 2 miles to the lighthouse. Vehicle access is restricted to approved vehicles with a valid oversand permit and must be inspected by the Park Ranger's staff before using the oversand trails. Vehicle access may be further restricted or banned altogether to protect endangered Piping Plovers that nest in the area in late Spring - early Summer.
Visitors can arrange to spend the night in the restored keeper's house through the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. Transportation to the lighthouse for overnight guests is provided by the Chapter as long as vehicle access is permitted (The early Summer 2006 guest schedule at the keeper's house had to be cancelled as Piping Plovers had successfully nested along both oversand vehicle access routes).
Visit the Race Point Light Station website for more information and reservations for staying at the Race Point Light Station.
Please visit the U.S. National Park Service's Cape Cod National Seashore - Off-Road Vehicle web page for information and regulations on visiting the Race Point Lighthouse by vehicle.
Please visit the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce web site for more information on visiting the Provincetown area.
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