Brant Point Lighthouse is a beautiful and historic lighthouse located on Nantucket Island. It was established in 1746 to help the whalers at the time navigate around Brant Point. The lighthouse has been reconstructed many times over the years and the current 26-foot tall, cylindrical, wood tower was built in 1901. This 1901 lighthouse that sits on Brant Point today is the 10th light and 7th tower.
Over the years, Brant Point Lighthouse has become a must-view spot on Nantucket Island and is one of the most famous lighthouses. An exact replica of the lighthouse was actually built for the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut in 1966 – it is called the Mystic Seaport Light.
Brant Point Lighthouse can be easily accessed via a short walk from downtown Nantucket. It is about a 10-minute walk from the ferry terminals. Visitors are welcome to get up close to the lighthouse and even walk on its boardwalk. There are no parking spots. The lighthouse can also be viewed from the Nantucket ferries as they enter and leave Nantucket Harbor.
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- Originally constructed: 1746
- Current tower constructed: 1901
- First lit: 1901 (current tower)
- Construction: Lumber
- Tower shape: Conical, footbridge to shore
- Height: 26 ft (7.9 m)
- Focal height: 26 ft (7.9 m)
- Markings: White (tower), Black (lantern)
- Characteristic: Red light occluding every 4 seconds (Oc R 4s)
- Range: 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi)
- Status: Active
- NRHP number: 87002029
- Address: Easton St
- Town: Nantucket
- State: Massachusetts
- GPS: Lat 41.28996 Lng -70.09024
- Parking notes: There is no direct parking lot for Brant Point Lighthouse because many visitors walk to the lighthouse. There are some parking spaces on Easton Street, but they are a few hundreds of yards from the lighthouse.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE
Brant Point Lighthouse