Scituate Lighthouse Beckons with History and Beauty
One of the oldest (and most complete) lighthouses in the entire country, Scituate Lighthouse (or Scituate Light, as it’s locally known), is a historic treasure.
Things to Do in Scituate Harbor: Lighthouse Exploring
Built in 1811 by the federal government, the lighthouse has been a beacon for ships for over 200 years. The lighthouse complex includes the Keeper’s Cottage and Light Tower.
Who and What
The structure housed the “Army of Two” during the War of 1812, when they saved Scituate from British forces. In 1916, the lighthouse was purchased by the Town of Scituate and has been in its possession ever since.
The lighthouse regularly hosts tours, open houses, and other events for things to do in Scituate Harbor. Here are just a few you can attend:
- Three open houses will be offered during the spring, summer, and early fall, where you can get a tour inside the Light Tower. The dates include May 21, August 5-6, and September 17.
- The grounds near the lighthouse are open year-round. Come to explore and see the tower up close, not to mention get fantastic photo-ops.
- In association with the Scituate Historical Society, there will be an antiques appraisal on June 17 at the Grand Army Hall. Bring your old treasures to find out how much they’re worth!
Stories & Maps
Read an in-depth history of the lighthouse, see pictures, and explore old maps of Scituate on the Scituate Historical Society website. For instance, find out about Captain Bates, the first lighthouse keeper, and his two daughters, the famous “American Army of Two.”
Make sure to visit the Scituate Lighthouse when staying with us here at the Inn at Scituate Harbor.