Chatham Lighthouse

Chatham's iconic landmark



Chatham Lighthouse
37 Main St.
Chatham, MA

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You will find few spots on the entire East Coast of North America that can equal the view at The Chatham Light. Walk or drive down Main Street to the lighthouse and stay a spell. You will meet many of your friends. This is a fine spot to view the well-known North Beach Break. For a close-up view try the public telescopes. Nearby is the Coast Guard Station, ready to answer many emergencies involving distressed mariners, fishermen, or summer folk with problems on the water. Please observe and obey the parking signs as posted.

See the list of links below to more infomation about the history of the Lighthouse, all the Chatham history in the immediate area, and more information about the Coast Guard station, and the Cape Cod Lighthouse trail.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts tours of the Chatham Lighthouse on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:30 PM in the summer season, and alternate Wednesdays in the Spring and Fall. See the link below for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary website, with details of tour dates and other important tour rules.

The Chatham Light is an operational lighthouse under the US Coast Guard. It is one of the few lighthouses in the US that still operates 24 hours a day. Admission is free during times of the Lighthouse tours. No admission to the grounds or to the Lighthouse at other times, since it is US Coast Guard property.

The Chatham Light was originally a pair of lighthouses, called the “Twin Lights”, and this site was just one of three lighthouse locations in Chatham – the others being the Stage Harbor Light, and the Monomoy Light.
2017 Lighthouse Tours:
See the following page on the US Coast Guard Auxiliary website, using the link below, for details of tour dates and other important tour rules.

The Lighthouse Area:

The Chatham Light is the iconic landmark of Chatham’s location and history on Cape Cod’s elbow, next to the sea. An overview of the Lighthouse history, as well as the many points of historical interest immediately surrounding the Lighthouse, can be viewed on the Historic Chatham Smartphone Tours website (link below).