he non-profit Nauset Light Preservation Society, an all-volunteer organization, was formed in 1993. A group of Eastham residents became concerned when the Coast Guard announced it had no plans to save Eastham's most famous historic structure from the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean. It was through the efforts of the NLPS that Nauset Light was successfully moved to a new site in November 1996. During the relighting ceremony in May 1997, the Coast Guard transferred ownership of the lighthouse to the National Park Service.
Nauset Light is located within the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The Nauset Light Preservation Society, an all-volunteer organization, has a partnership agreement with the National Park Service to operate, maintain, and interpret the Nauset Lighthouse site. NLPS is responsible for paying all renovation, utility, and maintenance costs, and it also pays for all exhibits and educational materials developed as part of our effort to interpret the lighthouse to the public.
The NLPS provides public tours of Nauset Lighthouse and the oil house on Sundays May through late October and also on Wednesdays during July and August. Educational groups can arrange special tours of the lighthouse at any time of the year by e-mailing NLPS or calling our message service. Volunteers provide the historic background of the lighthouse station and conduct tours to the top of the tower. Tens of thousands of people of all ages have come to see it. At the new location, the Nauset Light Preservation Society continues to keep the lighthouse lit as a private aid to navigation.
The Nauset Light Preservation Society raised over $80,000 from private donations and secured federal grants totaling over $200,000 to fund the relocation and restoration of the lighthouse. The costs of operating and maintaining Nauset Light are now paid for through NLPS membership dues and donations we receive from visitors and interested parties.
We encourage everyone to become a member of the Nauset Light Preservation Society, and we welcome your donations. We have no other source of funding. You have been very generous in the past, and we hope you will continue your support of NLPS by renewing your membership in the Society or making a donation.
Membership fees are: Individual $10/year, Family $20/year, Life Member Individual $200, Life Member Family $350. Membership includes periodic updates and the NLPS newsletter. Please send your name and address with your check to:
Nauset Light Preservation Society
P.O. Box 941
Eastham, MA 02642
All donations, large or small, are greatly appreciated. If you want more information, have suggestions, or know of sources of funding, please contact us at the above address or send e-mail to .
photo © 1995 Nicolas Nobili