Nauset Light, the most well-known and photographed lighthouse on Cape Cod, is located within the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore. It is an important part of Eastham's cultural and maritime history. In 1993 a group of citizens in Eastham formed the Nauset Light Preservation Society (NLPS), a non-profit volunteer organization whose original mission was to rescue the lighthouse. Through the successful efforts of the NLPS the Nauset Lighthouse was moved approximately 300 feet back from the edge of a sixty-foot high eroding cliff in 1996. Though no longer under the auspices of the United States Coast Guard, Nauset Light serves as a private aid to navigation used by the fishing fleets and small recreational boaters who navigate close to the shore.
The current mission of NLPS is to operate and maintain Nauset Lighthouse, to interpret the site to the public, and to raise funds through memberships in the society and donations from visitors to keep Nauset Light lit. To accomplish our mission we require the assistance of volunteers to conduct tours and to assist in the maintenance of the lighthouse and the oil house.
The work of the NLPS is funded entirely through the support of donors. We encourage everyone to become a member of the Nauset Light Preservation Society and we welcome your donations and participation.
What makes Nauset Light so special? Explore our site to learn about this famous landmark, how the rescue operation was accomplished, and plans for the future.