Cape Ann Light Station
Located on Thacher Island, the Cape Ann Light Station was established in 1771, the last to be founded in the Colonia era by British rule. The station is a National Historic Landmark and is comprised two lighthouses; the southern one is open to tourists to climb up to the top. The current lighthouses were constructed in 1861. The original lighthouses had the distinction of being the first built to indicate a dangerous spot rather than the entrance to a harbor. The station is now managed by the Thacher Island Association, which also operates a small museum. The lights are also on the National Register of Historic Places.
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