North Truro, MA 02652
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Highland Light Station, also known as Cape Cod Light, is located on Outer Cape Cod within Cape Cod National Seashore in North Truro. Commissioned by George Washington and established in 1797 as the 20th light station in the United States, the original 45-foot tall wooden tower and keeper's dwelling were built more than 500 feet from the edge of a 125-foot-tall clay cliff. A new brick lighthouse was erected near the original tower in 1831. The present 66-foot-tall brick light tower, keeper's house, and generator shed replaced the previous structures in 1857. An enclosed walkway connects the tower and the one-and-one-half-story, L-shaped, Queen-Anne-style keeper's dwelling.
Erosion of the steep cliff throughout the years brought the present light station around 100 feet from the cliff's edge by the early 1990s. Using funds raised by the Truro Historical Society combined with state and Federal grants, Highland Light Station was successfully moved 450 feet back to safer ground. After the 18-day move, the light was relit on November 3, 1996, and is an active aid to navigation. Today, the keeper's house features a gift shop and museum exhibits and a dedicated staff provide tours of the tower.
The average tour time is twenty minutes during which the visitor will climb 69 steps to the top. The staircase is narrow with steep stairs at the top. To ensure safety of all, there is a 48” height restriction.
Open May 26 through October 8:
10:00 am to 6:00 pm; last clock goes up at 5:30 pm.
Open October 9 through October 21:
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Last climb goes up at 3:30 pm.
Light Up the Night Climb:
Friday 6/22- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday 7/27- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday 8/24- 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday 9/21- 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday 10/19- 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm