Gay Head Lighthouse: The First Light on Martha's Vineyard

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Standing tall on the colorful clay cliffs of Martha's Vineyard, Gay Head Lighthouse has provided safe passage to seafarers since 1799. The steadfast tower marks a dangerous and heavily traveled passage between the island and mainland known as Devil's Bridge. Being the first lighthouse on the Vineyard, Gay Head Light has a rich and varied history filled with stories of inspirational lighthouse keepers, disastrous shipwrecks and even mysterious deaths. Today, Gay Head Light serves as an iconic symbol of the island's maritime history and attracts visitors from around the world. Join author William Waterway as he charts the history of the lighthouse from the original wooden tower lit with oil lamps to the rebuilt brick structure that houses the famous Fresnel lens.
ISBN: 9781626194069
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: Landmarks
Images: 68
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
William Waterway is an award-winning author, poet and artist living on Martha's Vineyard. He is the founder of Vineyard Environmental Research, Inst. (VERI) , the nonprofit that saved the Gay Head Light during the 1980s. He is also the founder of Martha's Vineyard Magazine and Nantucket Magazine; Martha's Vineyard Poetry Society and producer of an MVTV program series. For more information visit
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