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Edgartown postcard face - click to enlarge

Edgartown postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart


State: MA
Year established: 1828
Latitude: 41 deg 23 min 27 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 30 min 11 sec W
Height above sea level: 48 feet

Original construction:
Black lantern on white dwelling 36 feet high; bridge to shore

1939: replaced by 45-foot 1873 cast-iron lighthouse moved from Ipswich, MA

automated in 1939; converted to solar power in 1990; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing red every 6 seconds, visible for 5 nautical miles

More information:
Office of the Light House Board, List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1895), pp. 38-39