Gay Head Light

Protect Gay Head Light as It Protects Us

The current Gay Head Lighthouse has been standing sentinel on the clay cliffs of Aquinnah since 1856. It is now in danger and it desperately needs the entire Island community to help save it.

National Park Service Pays a Visit to Gay Head Light

With erosion eating away at the Gay Head Cliffs, a historian for the National Park Service recognized the urgency in transferring ownership to the town. The lighthouse will be moved sometime in the next year.

Town Submits Application for Ownership of Gay Head Light

The town of Aquinnah moves one step closer to owning the Gay Head Light this week, submitting a comprehensive application for ownership after months of preparation.

Rosanne Cash to Play Summer Benefit for Gay Head Light

The country music legend will come to the Vineyard this summer to play a benefit concert on July 1. Flatbread will donate the venue. Planning is still in the early stages.

3D Model Helps Set Stage for Gay Head Light Relocation

A grant received by the committee to save the Gay Head Light will allow three-dimensional scanning to create an accurate model, as preparations continue for relocating the old lighthouse.

Gay Head Light on Track for Town Ownership

Preservation and stewardship are crucial themes in the next phase for the old Gay Head Light.

Aquinnah Seeks Islandwide Aid to Save Gay Head Light

Seeking Islandwide support for the relocation of the historic Gay Head Light, the town of Aquinnah will ask the five other Vineyard towns to commit to spending Community Preservation Act money next year to help pay for the move.

Saving the Gay Head Light, Rallying the Cause

Stand on the north shore of the Vineyard at any point as the sun begins to set and look to the west. As the last light of day floods the land and sea, in the distance you will see the silhouette of the lighthouse, a lonely sentinel standing on a promontory of land at the westernmost edge of the Vineyard.

Three Parties Express Interest in Taking Ownership of Gay Head Light

The General Services Administration has received three letters of interest for ownership of the Gay Head Light, as planning and fundraising efforts get under way to move the lighthouse which is threatened by severe erosion. The lighthouse has been declared surplus property and the town of Aquinnah hopes to take ownership of the historic tower.

One of the letters of interest is from the town and was sent earlier this month.

When Beloved Icons Are on the Front Line

This is not just a story, it's a love story. In 1799 President John Adams commissioned the building of an eight-sided wooden lighthouse which marked the birth of the Gay Head Light.