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Come for a tour of historic Gurnet Light –
the country’s oldest operating wooden lighthouse

Join Project Gurnet and Bug Lights for a trip to historic Gurnet Light, the Keeper’s Cottage, and Fort Andrew at the end of Gurnet Point.

Your tour guides will help you relive the history of these American treasures.

Date: Saturday, May 27th, 2017
Where: Gurnet Light
When: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Shuttles will be leaving from the Duxbury Bay Maritime School,  457 Washington St, Duxbury, MA, starting at 9:00 am.

  • Climb to the top of Gurnet Light and enjoy the vista of Massachusetts Bay. On a clear day, the view of Provincetown is breath-taking.
  • Tour the Keeper’s Cottage and our collection of artifacts and antique pictures of both Gurnet Light and Bug Light.
  • Learn about the Nation’s First Female Lighthouse Keeper—Hanna Thomas and her husband.
  • Hear about the servicemen who served at the Fort during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.
  • Learn about Project Gurnet & Bug Light’s efforts to deal with the rapid erosion of Gurnet Point.
  • Go back in time and tour the Lifesaving Station with much of its equipment in place as it was in 1920.
  • Take our shuttle van, or if you have 4- or all wheel drive, you can drive yourself out!
  • We ask everyone for a donation of $5/person (max. $20/family) to help us “Keep the Lights Shining!”
  • Shuttles will be leaving the Duxbury Bay Maritime School (DBMS) starting at 9:00 AM. The last shuttle will leave Gurnet Light at 2:30 PM to return to DBMS.

This event is being held in conjunction with the Maritime School’s Opening of the Bay. For more information on the DBMS event, or for directions to the school, go to dbms.org. Please do not contact them about the Gurnet Light Open House.