On an aimless drive last night I stopped by Ned’s Point lighthouse in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. I happened to get lucky with the position of the Waxing Crescent Moon beginning to set over New Bedford.
Ned Point Light is a historic lighthouse on Ned’s Point Road in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. The lighthouse was built in 1838 at a cost of approximately $5,000, and named after Ned Dexter, a local farmer. Under the supervision of a local builder, Leonard Hammond, the lighthouse was constructed with a birdcage-style lantern similar to Bird Island Light found in Marion, Massachusetts. The stone used for the lighthouse was all locally sourced, with most of it originating from nearby beaches. Insider, there are 32 granite steps that are cantilevered to the outside wall without the use of mortar. The original lantern used 11 whale oil lamps, each with its own parabolic reflector. The lamps and reflectors were replaced by a fifth order Fresnel lens in 1857, along with a change to an octagonal lantern. The Great Blizzard of 1888 significantly damaged the keeper’s stone house, resulting in it being demolished and the building of a wooden replacement.– Wikipedia