This light is actually the third in a series of lights. Due to difficulty of identifying fixed white light along the seashore, the government decided to put two lighthouses at this location.
The first set of lighthouses were built in 1806 and were built of wood. They were falling apart by 1841 and being threatened by the eroding bluff.
The lighthouse board built a pair of brick towers farther inland from the original brick lighthouses, but less than 40 years later, both towers were consumed by the erosion. Luckily the lighting apparatus was removed prior to the old towers destruction and was placed in the third set of towers.
Interestingly enough, in 1923 the northern lighthouse was taken apart and moved to Nauset Beach where it still stands today.
Directions: From Route 28 (Main Street) in Chatham, follow this road to the point where Route 28 turns north and changes names to Old Harbor Road. At this point, you will continue heading east on Main Street for about a mile. At this point, you will see the Chatham Lighthouse on your right.
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