The lighthouse that stands today, flashing white every 10 seconds, was built in 1876. It is a 40-foot-high cylindrical tower of cast iron and brick.
A complex grew up around it, including the Keeper’s House, built in 1874-76; the assistant keepers’ house, a two-family affair that was razed in the early 60s; the fog signal building of 1888 (originally a whistle, but converted in 1962 to a diaphragm horn); and the oil house.
Race Point was not electrified until 1957. Until then, the lamp burned kerosene oil.
The light was automated in 1972, eliminating the need for a keeper.
The Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation leased the light station in 1995. Volunteers under the supervision of Jim Walker began a restoration project the next year that has rejuvenated the historical landmark. Solar panels were installed in 2003 and a wind turbine was added in 2007, so the station is — once again — off the grid. The Keeper’s House was opened to paying guests in 1997, yielding needed revenue. The Whistle House, too, has been opened to guests.
These are great.
Thank you, Cindy, for your hospitality as a keeper of the Race Point Light.