Friends of Plum Island Light
Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 381
Plum Island was a popular 19th century resort served by steamships and a trolley line. In 1996 the lighthouse was leased by the Coast Guard to the Friends of Plum Island Light. On May 10, 2003, ownership of the lighthouse was transferred to the city of Newburyport; the city now leases the lighthouse to the Friends of Plum Island Light. The Coast Guard refurbished the lighthouse in 1994 and the Friends have continued to restore the interior.
Tower Height: 45
Height of Focal Plane: 50
Characteristic and Range: Occulting green light with two eclipses each 15 seconds.
Description of Tower: White, conical wood tower with black cast iron lantern room.
This light is operational
1872 two story wood Victorian keeper's house,
1788: Two small wooden lighthouses on moveable foundations; 1838: Two new octagonal towers on moveable foundations; 1855: Small tower called the
Date Established: 1788
Date Present Tower Built: 1898
Date Automated: 1951
Optics: 1856: Fourth order Fresnel lens, still in use.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Grounds only; tower open occasionally.
The Friends of Plum Island Light sometimes open the tower to the public on summer weekends. See www.lighthouse.cc/plumisland/ for the scehdule.
The lighthouse is located within the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, at the northern end of Plum Island. North on MA Route 1A: About 2.5 miles north of the Parker River Bridge in Newbury, you will come to Newbury's first traffic signal. Turn right at Ocean Avenue, marked with a "Plum Island" sign at the southeast corner. Turn right again onto the Plum Island Turnpike, marked with a "Plum Island - Parker River Refuge" sign. After crossing the bridge to Plum Island, take the second left and follow all the way to the end; the lighthouse will be on your left. From Newburyport: Follow Water Street onto the connecting Plum Island Turnpike. Cross the bridge to Plum Island; take your second left and follow to the end.
Mapquest URL: Click here to get a map to this lighthouse!
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
Keepers: Abner Lowell (1789-1815); Lewis Lowell (1815-1823); Joseph Lowell (1823-1825); Captain Chandler (1825-1833?); Phineas George (1833-1839, 1849-1857); T. S. Greenwood (circa 1840s); Abner Lowell (temporary, 1849); Franklin Carleton (1857-1861); Solomon Parks (1861-1864); John Putnam (1864-1866); Joseph Lowell (1866-1870); Henry Hunt (1870-1882); Phelix Doyle (1882-1889); Matthew Barrett (1889-1893); Edwin F. Hunt (1893-1896); Elliot C. Hadley (1896-1905); Arthur W. Woods (1905-1923); Captain Howard (1923-1924); George E. Kezer (1924-1933); Harry Dobbins USCG (c. 1939); Edgar Wallace USCG (c. 1945)