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Brant Point Lighthouse

brant point light

Nantucket, Massachusetts
Built in 1746


Location:

At the end of Easton Street, located on the Coast Guard base marking the entrance to Nantucket Harbor.

Latitude: 41° 17' 21" N
Longitude: 70° 05' 25" W

 

Historic Stories:

brant point light engraving
Brant Point Engraving
Courtesy US Coast Guard

With the increasing whaling industry and whaling fleet on the island itself, Brant Point Light was built in 1746 to guide vessels into and around the inner harbor.

Brant Point Lighthouse claims several distinctions: it is the site of the second oldest lighthouse built in America (1746), after Boston Light (1716) and it is also the lowest light in New England at merely 26 feet above sea level.

It has the distinction of being the most often rebuilt, nine times rebuilt, starting with the light being destroyed by fires and storms and replaced five times from 1758 to 1788. These lights were primarily lanterns on platforms that were somewhat effective.

The present Brant Point Light was built about 600 feet from its predecessor in 1901.

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Early Brandt Point Light
Courtesy US Coast Guard

In 1983, the entire Brant Point Station complex was renovated by the Coast Guard, and in 2000, another overhaul of the lighthouse was completed.

 

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Places to Visit Nearby:

Nantucket offers miles of town maintained bike paths, pristine beaches, historic Victorian homes, and beautiful harbors for visitors to enjoy.It is an extremely quiet area and doesn’t even have a stop sign on the island, and visitors can use the Nantucket Transit Authority (The WAVE) to get around. All three lighthouses on Nantucket are accessible by land. There are various festivals and special events to enjoy, including at the end of April, where there are over 3 million daffodils blooming across the area.

The island offers miles of town maintained bike paths, beaches, historic Victorian homes, and beautiful harbors for visitors to enjoy. There are plenty of windswept beaches for families and thrill seekers to enjoy. Those with families tend to gravitate towards the gentle surf of the north shore beaches, like Brant Point with the iconic Brant Point Lighthouse, or Jetties Beach, which is a family beach accessible by an easy bike ride, or the NRTA shuttle bus. Many of these beaches are easy walks from downtown Nantucket. The lighthouse grounds are open year round.

Ferry in Nantucket Harbor by Brant Point Light

The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. It provides educational programs and exhibits for visitors.

The Nantucket Whaling Museum coordinated by the Nantucket Historical Association, contains a major collection of all artifacts involving the whaling industry in the 19th century.

 

Directions:

The lighthouse grounds are open year round, and the lighthouse is located a short distance from the ferry dock at the end of Easton Street, marking the entrance to Nantucket Harbor. The sandy beach area provides a quiet place to relax and enjoy views of Nantucket Harbor. Specialty shops and restaurants are only a few hundred feet away from the lighthouse.

 

Contact Info:
U.S. Coast Guard Station
Brandt Point
Phone: (508) 228-0398

 

 

Local Boat Tours and Ferries For Visitors

Most of the cruises mentioned below involve ferry service to take visitors to the islands from either the main land or between the islands. Boat cruises and ferries mentioned below may offer many types of cruises. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to New England’s shorelines. Enjoy!

 

Hy-Line Cruises
Hyannis-Oak Bluffs ferry; also Nantucket-Oak Bluffs ferry.
220 Ocean Street Dock
Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601
Information: (508) 778-2600
Oak Bluffs (508) 693-0112
Hyannis-Nantucket ferry (508) 778-2602

 

 

Steamship Authority
Ferries to both islands
Vehicle Reservations Call: (508) 477-8600
Office Hours or (508) 693-9130
Fast Ferry Reservations: (508) 495-FAST (3278)
Woods Hole: (508) 548-3788
Vineyard Haven: (508) 693-0367
Oak Bluffs: (508) 693-0125
Hyannis: (508) 771-4000
Nantucket: (508) 228-0262

 

 

 

Freedom Cruise Line
Ferry from Harwich Port Mass. to Nantucket
702 Main Street - Route 28
Harwich Port, Massachusetts 02646
(508) 432-8999

 

 

 

Other Types of Tours - On Land

Ara’s Tours
Offer guided van tours around Nantucket Island
Nantucket MA 02584
(508) 221-6852
ara@arastours.com

 

 

Gail’s Tours
Offer guided van tours around Nantucket Island
Box 3270,
Nantucket MA 02584
(508) 257-6557

 

 

My new book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides lots of special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of additional indoor and outdoor coastal attractions and tours in the area, with contact info to plan your trips. I'll be happy to sign it for you here, or you'll find it in any fine bookstore.

 

Look inside!

 

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