Blog :: 06-2017

Hidden Gem: Plum Island Lighthouse

Have you ever visited this beautiful, historic light house on Plum Island?

A climb to the top of this historic light offers incredible views of both land and sea – from the Isles of Shoals and Mt. Agamenticus to the Great Salt Marsh and Cape Ann. Get a terrific view of the boating traffic at the mouth of the Merrimack River and down to the city of Newburyport; watch the kayaks and paddle boarders ply the waters of the Basin. And as you climb the stairs to get to the light, follow the extraordinary history of this local treasure that began with a 1788 commission signed by George Washington and travels to the present building that was completed in 1898. “Sharing the history of the Plum Island Light is one of the joys of conducting these tours”, says John Vogl, president of the Friends of Plum Island Light. “The views at the top are their own reward, but an understanding of how important this Light has been and remains to navigation in the Merrimack River Valley adds a special note for all visitors young and old. It’s the kind of place that offers something new whether it’s your first visit or your tenth.”

The Newburyport Harbor Light at Plum Island Point is now open and offering tours on Sundays this summer. The tours and parking are free; donations are gratefully accepted and much appreciated to help with preservation and maintenance of the property. For a complete list of tour dates, safety information and more visit: http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/plum-island.html