A listing of interesting literature on Massachusetts lights, as well as individuals who contributed to the site.
Best Read Guide - Cape Cod (www.capecodtravel.com) - This free guide includes a useful map of several of the local lighthouses. (Note that the listing is not complete.) The small map in the guide was the starting point for our trip to Cape Cod. You can receive this guide by visiting the web site.
Boston Light: A Historical Perspective (Sally R. Snowman, James G. Thomson, Flagship Press, United States, ISBN # 0-9674666-0-1) - Comprehensive history of the Boston Light. Sally Snowman is the current (as of 2006) civilian keeper of Boston Light.
Cape Cod National Seashore - Official Map and Guide (National Park Service) - This handy guide is available online from the National Park Service (www.nps.gov) or from the park's Visitors Centers. (The map itself is not available online.)
From Highland to Hammerhead - The Coast Guard and Cape Cod (Charles B. Hathaway; for information, contact the author at 42 Lakeview Ave., Chatham, MA 02633) - The book details the history of the US Coast Guard along Cape Cod. This book was available at the Salt Pond Visitors Center of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which is located near Nauset light.
A Historical Collection of Massachusetts Lighthouses (Johnathan J. Klein, Klein Post Card Service, Boston MA) - Vivid photos and a brief history of each of the lights of Massachusetts.
Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Brant Point (James W. Claflin, Kenrick A. Claflin and Son, Worcester MA, #0-9740892-0-6) - History of all of the many lights that marked Brant Point - includes numerous historical photos. One in a series of books on Nantucket.
Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Great Point (James W. Claflin, Kenrick A. Claflin and Son, Worcester MA, #0-9740892-4-9) - History of Great Point. Includes information on the reconstruction of the light, and first-hand accounts of those who lived there. One in a series of books on Nantucket.
Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Sankaty Head (James W. Claflin, Kenrick A. Claflin and Son, Worcester MA, #0-9740892-1-4) - History and unique photos from the endangered Sankaty Head light. One in a series of books on Nantucket.
Historic Nantucket Lightships: New South Shoal 1854-1896 (James W. Claflin, Kenrick A. Claflin and Son, Worcester MA, #0-9740892-5-7) - History of one of four lightships stationed at South Shoal station near Nantucket.
Images of America - Lighthouses and Lifesaving Along the Massachusetts Coast (James Claflin, Arcadia Publishing, Great Britain, ISBN # 0-7524-1372-4) - A pictorial history of the lighthouses, lightships, and lightsaving stations of Massachusetts. Most photos are from the 1920's or earlier.
Life on the Edge - The Lighthouses of Nauset (J. Brian West) This booklet details the history of the Three Sisters as well as the current Nauset light. The booklet was available at the Salt Pond Visitors Center of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which is located near Nauset light.
The Lighthouse Companion for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire (Paul Rezendes, Tide-mark Press, Windsor CT, ISBN # 1-5949-878-1) - History, maps, and directions for all the lights of New England - a handy travel guide.
Lighthouses of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket - Their History and Lore (Admont G. Clark, Parnassus Imprints Inc, Hyannis MA, ISBN # 0-940160-54-4) - This excellent hardcover text is outstanding in its coverage of the history of Cape Cod lighthouses through 1992, including those which no longer exist. The book includes specifications of each lighthouse, a detailed history of each lighthouse, and directions to get to each site. I have borrowed heavily from this book in the description of each lighthouse. It is the ONLY source I have which references Pamet Light. We discovered this book at the Salt Pond Visitor's Center in the Cape Cod National Seashore.
The Lightships of Cape Cod (Frederic L. Thompson, Congress Square Press, Portland ME, ISBN # 0-9611320-0-0) - Published when the Nantucket Light station was still active, this book details the history of the thirteen lightships which served the Cape Cod area. This book is particularly interesting given the scarcity of books dedicated to lightships.
The Lighthouses of Massachusetts (Bruce Roberts, Ray Jones, Globe Pequot Press, Guilford CT, ISBN # 0-7627-3737-9) - Handy guidebook to the lights of Massachusetts - includes current (as of 2005) visiting and tour information.
The Lighthouses of New England (Edward Rowe Snow, Commonwealth Editions, Beverly MA, ISBN # 1-889833-42-8) - Snow Centennial Edition of the classic book covering all of New England's lights.
Massachusetts Lighthouses - A Pictorial Guide (Courtney Thompson, CatNap Publications, Mt. Desert, ME, ISBN # 0-9651786-5-X) - This book contains a brief description of each lighthouse, as well as beautiful color photos. The style of this book has inspired how this web site is presented. This book is current enough to include photos of the move of Highland and Nauset Lights. We found this book in a souvenir shop in Nantucket.
Nantucket Lights (Karen T. Butler, Mill Hill Press, Nantucket MA, ISBN # 0-9638910-6-5) - A history of the lights and lightships of Nantucket.
New England Lighthouses (Bruce Roberts, Ray Jones, Globe Pequot Press, Guilford CT, ISBN # 0-7627-3041-2) - History and photos of lights all across New England.
New England's Lighthouses - A Photographic Portrait (Jean Patey, Twin Lights Publishers Inc., Rockport MA, ISBN # 0-885435-50-9) - A coffee table book of brilliant photos of New England's beacons.
Sammy the Boston Lighthouse Dog (Sally Snowman, Premier Color, Boston MA, ISBN # 0-9674666-2-8) - A brief tale of a beloved mascot of the Boston Light.
Also - special thanks to Chuck Young, who provided a photo of Monomoy Light.
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