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One of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States, Brant Point Light Station is Nantucket Island's historic landmark. Though this iconic structure was established in 1746, it underwent numerous alterations through the ages, with its overall automation being one of the most notable events in its long and illustrious history. Armed with a powerful 5th-generation Fresnel lens, its signals have the capability of traveling distances up to 19 kilometers (12 miles). The monochromatic wooden tower that one sees today was built in the year 1901, and sits at Brant Point surveying all ferries, yachts and cruises from the mainland that pass its picturesque side on their way into the harbor.
The renowned Sankaty Head Light is a prominent lighthouse which is constructed on the Nantucket Island in Siasconset, Massachusetts. This 60-foot (18-meter) lighthouse was first lit in the year of 1850 and it is still operational, though now it is automated. The towering lighthouse was incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The grounds are open to the public, but visitors can not enter the lighthouse.
The original lighthouse, constructed in 1785, was a wooden structure that was built to support the then important port of Sandy Point. However, the historical tower was destroyed in the 1984 hurricane and after a few years a 70-foot (21-meter) replica was built near the site of the old tower to conserve the island's historical character. It is now part of the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, much of which is inaccessible by road unless you have a four wheel drive vehicle. Nature history tours are offered by the refuge, wherein visitors can climb up the tower or even explore the surrounding area.