Cape Cod National Seashore | Wood End

Wood End Light

Wood End Light, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Wood End Light, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Wood End Light emerges from a seemingly endless horizon, with marsh grass and tidal ponds in the foreground. This stout, squared, 39-foot-tall lighthouse was constructed in 1872. It looks like Long Point Light and, like Long Point, it’s under the care of the American Lighthouse Foundation. But where Long Point flashes green, Wood End flashes red, every 10 seconds. Its fog horn is especially chatty. The keeper’s house was torn down after the light was automated in 1961, but an oil house remains. Among the naval officers who have seen duty in the submarine proving grounds off Wood End was a future president, Lieut. Jimmy Carter, aboard the U.S.S. K-1, in 1951.

More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.

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