Plum Island Lighthouse (Newburyport Harbor Lighthouse)
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Location: Northern tip of Plum Island, Ipswich Bay, entrance to Merrimack River
Coordinates: 42 48 54 N 70 49 06 W
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Station established: 1788
Present tower built: 1898
Construction materials: Wood
Other buildings still standing:1898 keeper's house
Tower height: 35 feet
Height of focal plane: 50 feet
Optic: Fourth-order Fresnel lens (1856), still in use (right)
Characteristic: Occulting green light; two eclipses every 15 seconds
Maintained by: The Friends of Plum Island Light, Inc., P.O. Box 381, Newburyport, MA 01950
Accessibility: The grounds are open all year; the lighthouse is sometimes open for open houses. There is a short ladder to climb to the top; sneakers are required. Children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall to climb to the top. Free parking. Tours and parking are free, but donations to support the Friends of Plum Island Light, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the lighthouse, are appreciated.
In 2014, the lighthouse will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the following Sundays, weather permitting: May 25, June 15, July 6 and 27, August 17, September 7 and 28, October 12.
The Annual Meeting will be on September 17 at 7:30 p.m. at PITA Hall. Speaker to be announced.
At the Sept. 28 open house, the Friends will be host to the 13th Annual Essex Heritage Trails and Sails. There will be numerous free events in the area. Everyone is welcome. For info, see www.essexheritage.org
The grounds are available for wedding ceremonies; call Linda Collins at 978-290-1413 or email