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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Gay Head (Aquinnah) Light

The Gay Head Light on Martha’s Vineyard, shown above, is also called the Aquinnah Light as the town of Gay Head was changed to Aquinnah in 1998. The new name is really an old name, and bears the Wampanoag heritage of this remote and lovely place.

The first lighthouse here was built n 1799, as the 18th Century passed and shipping around the infamously treacherous waters increased. The current brick tower which stands above the striated colorful clay cliffs was built in 1856.

For more on the Gay Head (Aquinnah) Light, have a look at this website.

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