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Help Save The Gay Head Lighthouse …

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It’s imperative that the Gay Head lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard be moved soon.


The Gay Head Lighthouse has stood on the picturesque cliffs at the western most tip of Martha’s Vineyard since 1856. It is now only 46 feet  from the edge of the eroding cliffs and is in danger of falling into the sea.

The following quote is from the Save The Gay Head Lighthouse website:

The Gay Head Lighthouse, an island treasure with a long and rich history, is at risk. Standing just 46 feet (Aug ’13) from an eroding cliff, it was recently designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places and geological experts advise it should be moved within the next year.



In 1799 a wooden lighthouse was built. In 1844 the lighthouse was moved back 75 feet from the edge of cliff.

In 1856 it was replaced with the current brick and sandstone lighthous.  The bricks by the way were composed of clay from the cliffs, or they were from the nearby Chilmark Brick works.

To help save the Gay Head Lighthouse you can donate here…


Help keep the Gay Head light burning bright.


(If you wish to donate to the Save The Gay Head Lighthouse Fund please CLICK HERE.)




Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

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