Trustees of Reservations
The current lighthouse has been moved four times. In recent years, the Trustees of Reservations have restored the lighthouse, including its wooden stairway.
Tower Height: 35
Height of Focal Plane: 65
Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every six seconds.
Description of Tower: White conical wood shingle tower with black cast iron lantern.
This light is operational
1801: 35-foot wooden tower; 1844: Octagonal wooden tower.
Date Established: 1801
Date Present Tower Built: 1893
1907, 1922, 1960, 1987
Date Automated: 1943
Optics: 1857: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now 300 mm, solar powered.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Grounds only, except through special tours.
Cape Poge Light can be reached via a 3.5 mile hike from Chappaquiddick's Dike Bridge. To reach Chappaquiddick, take the "On Time" ferry from Edgartown (cars and passengers). The ferry runs continuously; crossing time is five minutes. After arriving at Chappaquiddick, follow Chappaquiddick Road into Dike Road until you reach the bridge. If you have a four wheel drive vehicle, you can drive to the lighthouse; call the Wasque Gatehouse at (508) 627-7260 for information. You can also take a tour to the lighthouse run by the Trustees of Reservations. The 1 1/4 hour tour leaves from the Dike Bridge at 10 am and 1 pm Monday through Friday in summer. Reservations are required; call (508) 627-3599.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
Keepers: Matthew Mayhew (1801-1834); Lot [Lott?] Norton (1835-1844); Aaron Norton (1844-1850); Edward Worth (1850-1853); Daniel Smith (1853-1859); George Ripley Marchant (1859-1866); Edward Worth (1866-1882); Jethro Worth (assistant 1867-1882, principal keeper 1882-1883); George H. Fisher (1883-1898); George H. Dolby (1898-1902); Wallace Eldredge (1902-1908); J. E. Barrus (1908-1919); Henry L. Thomas (1919-1931); Marcus Pieffer (1931-1938); Joseph H. Dubois (1938-1943)