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Wing's Neck Lighthouse

Wings Neck lighthouse

Pocasset, Massachusetts
Built in 1848


On the end of the Wings Neck Peninsula in Buzzards Bay. Privately owned.

Latitude: 41° 40' 48" N
Longitude: 70° 39' 42" W



Historic Stories:

The original lighthouse was built in 1848 on twelve acres of swampland.

President Harding once had to anchor his Presidential yacht by the station due to bad weather. The next morning Keeper Eldredge gave the President a "twenty-one clang salute" with the fog bell.

Two brothers tended the light; George Addison Howard as Keeper in 1921, and his brother William as his assistant. early Wing's Neck light

Early Wing's Neck Light
Circa 1919
Courtesy US Coast Guard

They were credited in the area for performing many rescues, including 5 from an overturned boat in 1931, and saving eight lives in 1932. By the end of his career, William Howard himself was credited with saving at least 37 lives.

The Keeper’s dwelling from Ned’s Point Light was brought over to Wing’s Neck Light in 1922. The story goes that the last Keeper, remained in the dwelling as the barge towed it to Wing's Neck and cooked a last breakfast for himself.

tower of Wing's Neck lighthouse The property was completely renovated in 2003 as a private residence and is now available for weekly rentals year round.



Places to Visit:

Pocasset is a residential community that hosts a variety of boating events coordinated by the Buzzards Bay Yacht Club. There is also the Pocasset Golf Club there as well.

Wings Neck lighthouse can be viewed at the end of a small cul-de-sac, and is available year round as a rental for lighthouse enthusiasts.

There are plenty of quiet beaches between Bourne and Pocasset, as most vacationers simply drive by on route to the main towns and cities in Cape Cod. one of many beaches around Bourne, Massachusetts

Be wary that parking is usually limited in many of these beaches, and it's advisable to arrive early to relax and enjoy. For those with familes and needing a lifeguard, Hen Cove Beach is another quiet jewel with calm waters and a defined swimming area, or try Electric Avenue Beach which is on the edge of Buzzards Bay. This small beach doesn’t get too crowded, and there's a children's playground. You'll even see the electric windmill hovering above rooftops.

In Bourne, Monument Beach is a popular destination and is located just before the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal. It’s a good-sized quiet beach, is very popular with local windsurfers, and has a docking area for boaters. Visitors can also enjoy the Concerts in the Park series over the summer, and famous Scallop Festival in September.

For those who like large beaches and the crowds, Gray Gables Beach in Bourne will keep you interested. Basketball net provided for anxious teenagers. For those you want to really relax, tiny Queen Sewell Beach has clean white sand, roped off swimming area, and an area for fishing, and is great spot for "quiet" activites.

In Pocasset is Barlows Landing, off Route 28, which is a mid-sized quiet yet spacious beach on Pocasset Harbor. It has rock jetties, nice sand and lots of boats for your viewing pleasure. This is one of those beaches few outsiders know about, so you'll find plenty of room to spead out and relax.

For those looking for a picture perfect quiet setting, without amenities (although lifeguards are posted), try Picture Lake, with its setting amongst pine trees for lots of sun and shade.

You can also head down to Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth about 4 miles from Pocasset, or any of Falmouth’s many beaches.




Contact Info:
Wings Neck Lighthouse Trust
Phone: (617) 899-5063


Books to Explore

book of the rise and demise of the largest sailing ships

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Available also from bookstores in paperback, hardcover, and as an eBook for all devices.

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The Rise and Demise of the Largest Sailing Ships:
Stories of the Six and Seven-Masted Coal Schooners of New England

In the early 1900s, New England shipbuilders constructed the world’s largest sailing ships amid social and political reforms. These giants of sail were the ten original six-masted coal schooners and one colossal seven-masted vessel, built to carry massive quantities of coal and building supplies, and measured longer than a football field!

This book, balanced with plenty of color and vintage images, showcases the historical accounts that followed these mighty ships. You'll find many of these events occurred while sailing around the dangerous shoals of Cape Cod and the islands during stormy weather.



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 and tours. Lots of photos and map illustrations.

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book about lighthouses and local coastal atttractions in southern New England





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