Hospital Point Range Rear Lighthouse

Beverly, Massachusetts
Hospital Point Range Rear Lighthouse is a unique lighthouse located in a church steeple in Beverly, Massachusetts. It was built in 1927.
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Hospital Point Range Rear Lighthouse, a distinctive maritime beacon in Beverly, Massachusetts, serves as a testament to the town’s rich maritime history. Established in 1927, this lighthouse’s purpose was to guide ships safely through Salem Sound. The original Hospital Point Light Station, dating back to 1872, included a light tower, a keeper’s dwelling, and a brick oil house. Its name harkens back to a smallpox hospital constructed on the site in 1801, which later served as military barracks during the War of 1812.

A noteworthy feature of Hospital Point Range Rear Lighthouse is its unique placement within the steeple of the First Baptist Church of Beverly, situated approximately one mile from Hospital Point. This strategic positioning allowed mariners to use the church steeple as a day range before it was equipped for night use. Despite a fire that ravaged the First Baptist Church in 1975, the steeple housing the light miraculously survived and was incorporated into the rebuilt church.

Hospital Point Range Rear Lighthouse has the distinction of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places under reference number 84002313, acknowledging its significance in preserving the maritime heritage of Beverly.

Maintained by the Coast Guard, this remarkable lighthouse continues to serve its navigational purpose in guiding vessels through Salem Sound. While the interior of the lighthouse may not be accessible to the public, it stands as a historic and enduring landmark in Beverly. Visitors can appreciate its presence from the streets surrounding it, with roadside parking available along Cabot Street and nearby areas, offering a glimpse into the town’s maritime past.

Lighthouse Specs

  • Year Constructed: 1927
  • First Lit: 1927
  • Construction: Wood
  • Tower Shape: Located in a church steeple
  • Focal Height: 183 feet
  • Markings: White steeple
  • Characteristic: Flashing white light
  • NRHP number: 84002313

Location

Address: 221 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts
Place GPS Coordinates: 42.548306, -70.878444
Parking GPS Coordinates: 42.548306, -70.878444
Parking Notes: Roadside parking is available right along Cabot Street and the adjacent streets around the lighthouse.

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