1 – How far from the edge of the cliffs is the Gay Head Lighthouse.
Answer : 47 feet
2 – Who was the first lighthousekeeper.
Answer: Ebenezer Skiff was the lighthousekeeper for 29 years from 1799 to 1828.. his salary was $200 a year.
3 – What year was the current red brick lighthouse built.
Answer : 1856.. the bricks were composed of clay from the cliffs or from the nearby Chilmark Brick Works.
4 – What year were the Fresnel lenses installed, and where are they now.
Answer: the Fresnel lenses were installed in 1856 and in 1952 moved to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown. CLICK HERE
5 – What were the Fresnel lenses replaced with.
Answer: in 1952 the Fresnel lenses were replaced with high intensity electric beacons.
6 – How many times has the Gay Head Lighthouse been moved.
Answer: The lighthouse has been moved once. In 1844 the first Gay Head Lighthouse had to be moved back 75 feet from the edge of the bluff.
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