Thursday, October 25, 2018

Photographing Historic Scituate Lighthouse



Scituate Lighthouse


On a trip between Boston and Cape Cod my husband and I made a small detour to see beautiful Scituate Lighthouse. This lighthouse is located on the South Shore of Boston. On this page I will review a bit about the history of this lighthouse along with sharing my photos from our visit.
 

Lighthouse History

Scituate Lighthouse is the 5th oldest lighthouse in New England and the 11th oldest in the United States.  It was activated in 1811 and is built of split granite blocks with a 1 1/2 story house attached.  While searching online for information on the lighthouse I found the interesting story listed below.  The information is from the Scituate Historical Society web page.



Captain Simeon Bates, the first keeper of Scituate Lighthouse, his wife, and nine children lived at the house. During the War of 1812 Abigail and Rebecca, young daughters of the lighthouse keeper, prevented the British from sacking the town. Noting the approach of two redcoat-filled barges from a British ship of war, the girls snatched fife and drum and hiding behind a thick cluster of cedar trees made such a din that the British mistook them for an entire regiment and made a hasty retreat. Abigail and Rebecca Bates have gone down in history as 'The American Army of Two" and their courageous act has been recorded in many textbooks and story books.    http://scituatehistoricalsociety.org/light/

I also find it fascinating that the captain and his family of 11 lived in the small house attached to the lighthouse.  Here is a photo I took of the lighthouse with the house attached.

The Lighthouse Today

Today the lighthouse is located at the  end of Lighthouse Road.  It is now an active private aid to navigation and is managed by  the Scituate Historical Society.  It is only open limited hours but we were able to walk around the grounds and I was able to capture photos from various directions.

As we left the lighthouse we pulled into the parking lot of a restaurant and I was able to photograph the lighthouse from across the bay.

Read More of Tales of New England

If you found the story of the two sisters fascinating you may  want to  read more tales from early New England or perhaps this story about a Rhode Island lighthouse keepers daughter.




Zazzle Candle from my Photo




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5 comments:

  1. The story about the 'American Army of Two' is fascinating. I never heard it before. My ancestors had roots in New England, so I know some of the stories, but not that one. Your lighthouse photos, as always, are gorgeous, Mary Beth. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Very interesting indeed! I loved the story of the young daughters protecting the town. What a wonderful piece of preserved history. Your lighthouse photos are always beautiful and your tours are always enjoyable.

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  3. I think I read a children's book telling this story of the two sisters a long time ago. your photos of the lighthouse are lovely. I especially like the one you put on the candle. The flowers really set it off.

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  4. absolutely fascinating - love the history of this lighthouse - whenever I'm reading about the plight of others back in time, I honestly feel like I'm there. The two young daughters were pretty awesome! How amazing.

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  5. Such a beautiful building and lighthouse. I always enjoy the sights and stories you share.

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