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Monomoy Point Light Station, Approximately 3500 feet Northeast Powder Hole Pond, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Chatham, Barnstable County, MA

Monomoy Point Light Station, Approximately 3500 feet Northeast Powder Hole Pond, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Chatham, Barnstable County, MA

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Summary

Significance: Originally built in response to Federal period growth in coastal traffic, the Monomoy Point Light Station is now significant as an early example of cast-iron light construction for a secondary, fixed coastal light. The complex today lacks the light's glass, lamp, and lens, and several auxiliary structures, but remains relatively well-preserved with its modified Cape Cod dwelling and brick oil house. The site retains evidence of mid-nineteenth century cast-iron light construction, and a vivid sense of the isolation inherent in lighthouse operation. There is also unexplored potential here for archaeological remains of the 1823 station and artifacts of its use and occupation, aspects of early 19th century lighthouse administration, which are rarely studied.
Survey number: HAER MA-62
Building/structure dates: 1823 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1849 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1857 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1865 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1894 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1900 Subsequent Work

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Contributors

Historic American Engineering Record, creator
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Lepante, Henri
Stanton, William
Gill, James B
Cyrus Alger & Company
Bonney, Pelham
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Location

South Chatham41.68209, -69.95977
Google Map of 41.6820897, -69.95976639999999
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No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html

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