Nobska Light in Woods Hole is built of cast iron with a brick lining and with a light that reaches 17 miles through the gloom of night. It’s perched on a soaring bluff that offers fabulous views for sunsets, the Elizabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard, and peering into the eponymous “hole” of Woods Hole.
Built in 1828 as a Cape structure with a small tower on top, the 40-foot tower was added in 1876, a red lens was added to warn ships of the dangerous L’Hommedieu and Hedge Fence shoals. Keepers lived in the house with their families until it was automated in 1985. Now it houses the commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Woods Hole Group.