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Sankaty Lighthouse: Saving Ships for More Than 160 Years
The most picturesque site on an island full of postcard-worthy scenes, Sankaty Lighthouse keeps watch over the treacherous shoals east of Nantucket. Built in 1850, the 60-foot sentinel stands atop bluffs in the village of Siasconset (or ‘Sconset, like the locals say). Now automated and managed by the U.S. Coast Guard, the light is still in operation, though its original Fresnel lens sits in the Nantucket Whaling Museum’s lobby. To visit the lighthouse, drive or ride your bike east from Nantucket Town along Milestone Road or Polpis Road to ‘Sconset. If you don’t have your own wheels, Gail’s Tours offers a two-hour van tour of the island that includes a stop at Sankaty Lighthouse. Local tip: Sankaty Light is also the name of a tasty light lager created by Nantucket’s Cisco Brewery!
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