Highland Light is an active lighthouse on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Located in North Truro, it was erected in 1857. The current tower replaced two earlier towers and was the first lighthouse and fog signal on Cape Cod, established by edict from George Washington.
During the Summer of 1996 the lighthouse was painstakingly moved on rails back hundreds of yards to save it from falling into the sea as the shoreline had eroded significantly since it was first built. A stone platform sits where the lighthouse once was.
Known to mariners as Cape Cod Light, in 1865 the famous Cape Cod writer, Thoreau, wrote that it was one of the first lighthouses that travelers from Europe would see as they entered Massachusetts harbor. It was turned into a tourist attraction in 2014 and guided tours are available to the general public during Summer.
Town Neck Beach is a great spot in Sandwich.MA.Life to spend the day. A local and washashore’s favorite boardwalk to jump off of on a hot day and float out on the receeding high tide.
Many spend their day on the beach watching the boats pass through the Cape Cod Canal into the Bay or exploring the tidal pools. It was even voted as one of the Top 10 Boardwalks in the U.S.A. by National Geographic in 2010.
It is 1,350 long and leads from Scorton Creek to the shoreline and was created in 1875 by Gustavus Howland. Damaged by seasonal storms, repair and upkeep has been partially funded by the sale of engraved personalized planks.
West Dennis Beach is a 2 mile long stretch of warm sand and calm, clear waters on the Southern edge of Cape Cod. A beautiful beach with plenty of activity in the height of the season with swimming, walking, kiteboarding, windsurfing and volleyball. A popular place for visitors and locals alike with plenty of parking and a large playground to meet the needs of family tourism.
Many love this beach because it is adjacent to the parking lot, providing easy access and return to a car packed with toys and amenities. With so much room the beach rarely gets over-crowded and the waves from Nantucket Sound are more kid friendly than beaches along the National Seashore.
West Dennis Beach is a great location to watch the moon rise and to catch the Dennis evening fireworks as they brighten the night over the Bass River entrance.
Did you get to see the Herring run this season? Also known as Alewives and Bluebacks, river Herring have been migrating from the ocean to fresh water ponds and streams in Springtime for centuries. Native people as well as European settlers depended on them as a food staple. Today it is illegal to harvest river Herring in the Paine’s Creek estuary and across Massachusetts.