by Mary Dickinson
November 15, 2003
At the land’s end of the breakwater we could see the 36’ Eastern Point Lighthouse. Built in 1890 on the same foundation as its predecessor, it is connected to a keeper’s duplex house (1879), oil house (1894), garage (1947), and fog signal building (1951). I could easily identify that historic landmark from the casino boat when we were three miles out. Its light has a bright flash every six seconds. Fishing boats can see the flash from 13 nautical miles away. A variety of foghorns have been used and then were protested by local residents. The desperate needs of the fishermen, who are engaged in Gloucester’s main industry, successfully countered the protests. In 1897 a 4,000 pound steam driven fog bell was installed.
Like most of Cape Ann’s lighthouses, Eastern Point is owned and occupied by the Coast Guard. Visitors are allowed to park their car in the parking lot and walk to the breakwater but are not allowed in the lighthouse or on the grounds.
To get to the lighthouse from the junction of 127-128 in downtown Gloucester, go east on East Main St for one mile, .3 miles on Eastern Point Rd. then 1.6 miles on Eastern Point Boulevard. Some of the roads have signs stating "No Trespassing, Private Road". I checked with the Chamber of Commerce and was informed visitors are permitted to use the publicly maintained roads to visit a federal instillation, the lighthouse.
From journal Lighthouses on Cape Ann in Massachusetts