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Chatham Lighthouse, built 1877
Chatham Lighthouse, built 1877.

Chatham Lighthouse

Lighthouses have a long history in Massachusetts, the Bay State, where they were integral to shipping and fishing. Focal points of tourism today, they symbolize the state's link to the seacoast. The history of the Chatham Lighthouse began in 1808 when the first set of lights was constructed on the blugg called James' Head to act as a set of range lights for the shifting shoals of the Chatham Harbor entrance. Samuel Nye was appointed as the first Keeper of the Chatham Lights by President Thomas Jefferson on October 7, 1808. The current structure was built in 1877.

Originally submitted by: William D. Delahunt, Representative (10th District).

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