As the Light Guides Others to Safety, Two Guide the Lighthouse

Richard Skidmore and Joan LeLacheur, keepers of the Gay Head Light, have lived by the particular rhythms of the Gay Head Light for 25 years, tending to its mishaps and arranging countless visits with people from around the world.

Lighthouse Relocation Creates Ripple Effect for Aquinnah Parking

Having long enjoyed several parking spots near the Gay Head Light, a small group of condominium residents in Aquinnah are feeling cramped by summer traffic at the Circle this year.

Foundation Work at Lighthouse Nearly Complete

With the summer season picking up, managers for the Gay Head Light relocation project hope to have the site mostly restored by the Fourth of July. About half the excavated soil has been returned to the site and a new concrete-block foundation is nearly complete.

Foundation Work Next Engineering Feat at Lighthouse

The Gay Head Light relocation project continues, with a foundation of concrete blocks slowly rising around a gridwork of steel beams that supports the 400-ton structure. On May 30, the lighthouse was moved inland from the eroding cliffs.

Day Three: Cheers All Around as Historic Lighthouse Move Is Complete

With the smash of a champagne bottle and loud cheers, the Gay Head Light came to rest Saturday directly above the spot where experts believe it will be safe from erosion for 150 years or more.

Day Two: Gay Head Light Nears the Finish Line

Working at an accelerated pace, crews moving the Gay Head Light expect to finish the job by Saturday morning. The lighthouse move began Thursday morning with much fanfare; the 1856 brick tower will travel 129 feetl east of the eroding cliff edge.

Where to Watch the Lighthouse Move

As the Gay Head Light slowly moves to its new location, the public will be invited to witness the progress on Saturday.

Day One for Gay Head Light Move: 1856 Brick Tower Travels 52 Feet

Just before noon on Thursday the Gay Head Light departed the spot where it has stood for 159 years. The Island's oldest lighthouse headed for its new home about 175 feet from the eroding Gay Head cliffs.

History Moves Very Slowly as Lighthouse Heads to Safety

Crowds gathered Thursday to watch the Gay Head Light move slowly away from eroding cliffs.

Moving Day: Gay Head Light Begins to Roll

Just before noon on Thursday, the Gay Head Light departed the spot where it has stood for 159 years. The Island’s oldest lighthouse is now slowly headed for its new home about 175 feet from the eroding clay cliffs.

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