nobska point light

Nobska Light on Nobska Point just out of Woods Hole, MA - on a foggy morning in early May

If I am heading to Falmouth after getting off the ferry as I was on this foggy morning in May, I always take the longer, scenic coastal road from Woods Hole to Falmouth which passes the Nobska lighthouse, rather than taking the more common inland route. It is a beautiful drive along a narrow winding road with wonderful views across Vineyard Sound to the Vineyard, although on this particular morning the Island was hidden by the fog. An odd thing I have always noticed, is that the Vineyard always looks much closer to the mainland from this side, than when looking at the mainland from the Vineyard side. The actual distance between the two is about 7 miles.

Nobska Point Light above here with attached lighthouse keeper’s house was built in 1876 with a fifth order Fresnel lens, replacing a smaller Cape Cod style lighthouse keeper’s house built in 1828 which had an octagonal light tower that projected from its roof.

The light was automated in 1985, and the lighthouse keeper’s house is now the home for the US Coast Guard Group Woods Hole, now called Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England.