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Gay Head Light
(Aquinnah Light)
Aquinnah (Gay Head), Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Location: Aquinnah (Gay Head) Cliffs, Martha's Vineyard
Nearest town: Aquinnah (Gay Head)
41 20 54 N
70 50 06 W
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Station established: 1799
Current lighthouse tower built: 1856
Automated: 1960
Tower height: 51 feet
Height of focal plane: 170 feet
Other buildings still standing: None
Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation.
Accessibility: The lighthouse is open from mid-June to mid-September; click here for the schedule.
Call the Martha's Vineyard Museum at 508-627-4441 for more information.
Maintained by:
Martha's Vineyard Museum

Earlier optic: First order Fresnel (1856)
Present optic: DCB-224

rotating beacon

Characteristic: Alternating red and white flashes each 15 seconds
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Town of Aquinnah

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