Everything You Need to Know About Brant Point Lighthouse

Brant Point Lighthouse is one of Nantucket’s most notable landmarks. The light has been a beacon for incoming traffic to Nantucket Harbor and is a must-see for visitors to the island. Don’t miss out on one of the Grey Lady’s most popular attractions during your next visit to the island. We have everything you need to know about Brant Point Light!

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What You Need to Know About Brant Point Lighthouse

Discover one of the nation’s historic monuments. Bike, hike, or drive, but don’t miss out on this Nantucket treasure. Explore the historic Brant Point Lighthouse during your next island getaway!

  • About

The 26-foot tall, wooden Brant Point Lighthouse sits at the edge of Brant Point, directing ferries and ships into the peaceful Nantucket Harbor. The light was topped with a Fresnel Lens in 1901 and made automated in 1965. The light shines 10 nautical miles serving as a small symbol to Nantucket’s magnificent maritime past. A sandy beach and Coast Guard Station Brant Point surround the light.

  • History

The original Brant Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1746 when sea captains came together and decided a light was needed to direct whaling ships into the harbor. The lighthouse underwent several reconstructions throughout the years. Fires and storms destroyed the first three, and the next three were condemned and rebuilt. Finally, in 1900 the wooden tower was built that stands today.

The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in October of 1987. Mystic Seaport Light was built as a replica in Noank, Connecticut in 1966. 

  • Visiting the Light

Brant Point Lighthouse is easily accessible by foot or bike. The steps of the wooden walkway are less than a mile from the cobblestone streets of Downtown Nantucket and the path is flat and quiet. Follow South Beach Street, take a right on Easton Street, and you will dead-end at Brant Point. 

Come Back to the Comforts of Periwinkle Inn

Ahab room Periwinkle InnWhen you’ve finished your walking tour of Brant Point Lighthouse, travel back to your home away from home at the Periwinkle Inn. Book your stay in the Ahab Room and sprawl out in a large corner room. Enjoy a plush king-size canopy bed, plush Turkish towels, bath products by Malin + Goetz, views of the historic cobblestone streets, and a complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay. 

Be sure to reserve your bike for your Brant Point Lighthouse adventure. Learn more about Nantucket biking paths and start planning your greatest getaway today. We can’t wait to welcome you to Nantucket!