Living the Dream in New England

Monica M. Scanlan

Washington, United States

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Annisquam Lighthouse in Gloucester, Massachusetts USA and people walking the beach.

Congress appropriated $2,000 in April 1800 for a lighthouse at Wigwam Point, the northwesterly point of Annisquam village, where it would “best serve the purpose of discovering the entrance of Anesquam [a common early spelling] Harbor.” The name Wigwam Point stems from the long use of the point as a summer gathering place for local Indians. Gustavus Griffin of Gloucester sold six and a half acres of land for the station to the government for $140. Lewis called the lighthouse “a local harbor beacon of exceeding usefulness to the fishermen,” and said that it required “rebuilding entirely.”

The 1801 lighthouse outlasted George Day’s stay as keeper by a few months. William Dade became the light’s keeper in 1850, and a new 40-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse tower was built during the following year.

The original keeper’s house was repaired and remained in use. It still stands today, enlarged and altered over the years.

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