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Marblehead Lighthouse

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
First Built in 1838, then 1896



Inside Chandler Hovey Park, or Lighthouse Point, at the northern end of Marblehead Neck. Grounds are open year round.

Latitude: 42° 30' 18" N
Longitude: 70° 50' 00" W


Historic Stories:

In 1636, the first Colonial slave ship, The Desire, was built and launched from Marblehead.

The first lighthouse built in 1838 was no higher than the local houses which caused many complaints from mariners who couldn’t see the lighthouse over the many larger homes and cottages that surrounded the lighthouse area.

marblehead light 1838
1838 Construction
Courtesy US Coast Guard

marblehead light 1896 construction
1896 Construction
Courtesy US Coast Guard


After many years of petitions and complaints, the present tall skeletal tower (see below) was built in 1896 at 130 feet above sea level. 

It is the only lighthouse of its type in New England.

During the hurricane of 1938 which passed through, when the power to the lighthouse went out, Keeper Marden connected his car battery to the lighthouse wiring to keep the light working all night until local power was restored the next morning.



Places to Visit:

Marblehead, like Beverly in the North Shore, is a very affluent community with quaint shops and restaurants, beautifully decorated 18th century homes, many parks, and plenty of community events.

harbor of Marblehead, MA It attracts many sailboats from around the world offering many sailing events.

Scenic rides along the coastline go past picturesque marinas.

The lighthouse grounds are open year round in Chandler Hovey Park, also known as Lighthouse Point, on Marblehead Neck. You can walk around the lighthouse or picnic nearby.

Visit the Marblehead Museum to view artifacts and architecture centuries old.





Contact Info:
Town of Marblehead
Abbot Hall
188 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
Phone: (781) 631-0000


Local Boat Tours For Visitors

Boat cruises mentioned below may pass by Marblehead Light during specific lighthouse cruises, as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, whale watching, fishing tours and other types of excursions.

Mahi Mahi Cruises & Charters
Among daily cruises in Salem harbor, they provide specialized lighthouse cruises as part of their Early Summer Lighthouse Cruise and the Lighthouse Fall Foliage and Chowda Cruise.
P.O. Box 3063
Salem, MA
Phone: (800) 992-MAHI (6244)


Boston Harbor Cruises
Provide tours around the Boston Harbor area, south shore area, and special tours up into the North Shore coastline region.
One Long Wharf
Boston, Mass. 02110
(617) 223-8666
(877) 733-925



Friends Of Boston Harbor Islands
Provide tours around the Boston Harbor area and up the North Shore region.
349 Lincoln Street
Hingham MA 02043
Phone: 781 740 4290
Fax: 781 749 9924




My 300-page book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor coastal attractions you can explore, and tours.

Look inside!

book about southern New England Lighthouses



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