Nobska Light

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I visit?  Anytime during the day. The grounds are open to visit, photograph, and enjoy from dawn to dusk year round.

Is there parking?  A very limited amount in a small space in front of the lighthouse tower. Be careful – the road is narrow and the parking lot is where the road curves around Nobska Point.

Are there public restrooms?  Not now, no. Sorry.

Can I go up the lighthouse tower?  We are open for tours Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer, please find details here; Visit.  You have to be at least 45 inches tall to be able to go up the tower. It's a spiral staircase for three stories and then a ladder to the fourth story to see the light and the view.

When will the visitor’s center be open?  We hope the rehabilitation of the lightkeeper’s house is done by 2020. But, the timing depends on getting the funding and doing the work.

Who Owns Nobska Light?  The federal government owns the entire property. It is under the aegis of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Why did the U.S. Coast Guard license the Town of Falmouth to take care of Nobska Light?  Very simply, the federal government didn’t want to pay for Nobska’s maintenance and repair. The Coast Guard is “deaccessioning” lighthouses all over America for two reasons: downsizing government (less money for the Coast Guard) and changing technology for navigation and rescues at sea. The Coast Guard will be sure the foghorn and lightbulb in the Fresnel lens work and that applicable federal rules are followed concerning lighthouse care and preservation.

Why did the Town of Falmouth want the license? ?  Nobska is an important landmark in Falmouth. The Selectmen wanted to be sure that Nobska Light would remain in the public domain and would be cared for by local people with a strong commitment to the place and the Town. If the Town had not been willing to be the licensee, Nobska Light would have been put up for auction to the highest bidder. Half the deaccessioned lighthouses have gone to private individuals for residential or corporate use.

Why did the Town give responsibility for Nobska Light to the Friends of Nobska Light?  The Friends petitioned the Town to apply for the license with the understanding that they, the Friends, would raise the money and oversee the preservation project and run the visitors’ center.  Otherwise, the Town could not undertake what will, in the end, be a $4 million project to keep Nobska Lighthouse open to the public.

Can I be a Friend of Nobska Light?  Yes, of course. Nobska Light needs all the Friends it can get. Please click on “DONATE” or "EMAIL SIGN UP" on the menu bar and sign up.

Friends of Nobska Light is a Falmouth-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Make a donation here on the website or by mail.

Friends of Nobska Light • PO Box 183 • Falmouth, MA 02541

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