The Lighthouse Turret

From 1808 until 1923, ships in the Atlantic knew they were off Chatham MA when they saw the town’s famous twin lights. In 1857, the lights were equipped with Fresnel lenses so they would project the beam farther out to sea. Relocation to Atwood House Museum was made possible by the daughters of Mrs. Fannie Lewis Shattuck. Restoration to the lantern room is a direct result of generous grants from Community Preservation Trust Fund & the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation
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Chatham’s Twin Light: From 1808 until 1923, ships in the Atlantic knew they were off Chatham MA when they saw the town’s famous twin lights. In 1857, the lights were equipped with Fresnel lenses so they would project the beam farther out to sea. The old lantern room and its Fresnel lens were donated to the Chatham Historical Society. It is the only lantern room with its original Fresnel lens that still operates.  #historicchatham, #chatham, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #atwoodhouse

Chatham’s Twin Light: From 1808 until 1923, ships in the Atlantic knew they were off Chatham MA when they saw the town’s famous twin lights. In 1857, the lights were equipped with Fresnel lenses so they would project the beam farther out to sea. The old lantern room and its Fresnel lens were donated to the Chatham Historical Society. It is the only lantern room with its original Fresnel lens that still operates. #historicchatham, #chatham, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #atwoodhouse

From the archives of Chatham Historical Society: Photograph taken May 1969. In 1969 Chatham Historical Society was offered the Chatham Light's original lantern room. This photo shows removing lantern room and Fresnel lends in preparation of installing the new aero beacon light for the lighthouse. The  lantern room and lens were moved to grounds of Atwood House Museum. #atwoodhouse, #chathamlight, #lighthouse, #lanternroom, #fresnel, #turret, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #chatham, #capecod

From the archives of Chatham Historical Society: Photograph taken May 1969. In 1969 Chatham Historical Society was offered the Chatham Light's original lantern room. This photo shows removing lantern room and Fresnel lends in preparation of installing the new aero beacon light for the lighthouse. The lantern room and lens were moved to grounds of Atwood House Museum. #atwoodhouse, #chathamlight, #lighthouse, #lanternroom, #fresnel, #turret, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #chatham, #capecod

From the archives of Chatham Historical Society: Photograph taken May 1969 of the removal of the lantern room from the Chatham light. #atwoodhouse, #chathamlight, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #chatham, #capecod, #lanternroom, #lighthouse, #turret, #fresnel

From the archives of Chatham Historical Society: Photograph taken May 1969 of the removal of the lantern room from the Chatham light.

A Short Bright Flash: Augustin Fresnel and the Birth of the Modern Lighthouse book available at the Chatham Historical Society Gift Shop, Chatham MA. Augustin Fresnel (1788–1827) shocked the scientific elite with his unique understanding of the physics of light. The lens he invented was a brilliant feat of engineering that made lighthouses blaze many times brighter, farther, and more efficiently. #chatham, #fresnel, #lighthouse, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #atwoodhouse, #capecod

A Short Bright Flash: Augustin Fresnel and the Birth of the Modern Lighthouse book available at the Chatham Historical Society Gift Shop, Chatham MA. Augustin Fresnel (1788–1827) shocked the scientific elite with his unique understanding of the physics of light. The lens he invented was a brilliant feat of engineering that made lighthouses blaze many times brighter, farther, and more efficiently. #chatham, #fresnel, #lighthouse, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #atwoodhouse, #capecod

From the archives of Chatham Historical Society: Photograph taken May 1969. Loading the lantern room from Chatham Light on to the flatbed truck that moved it to the grounds of the Atwood House Museum, Chatham, MA. #atwoodhouse, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #chathamlight, #turret, #fresnel, #lighthouse, #chatham, #capecod

From the archives of Chatham Historical Society: Photograph taken May Loading the lantern room from Chatham Light on to the flatbed truck that moved it to the grounds of the Atwood House Museum, Chatham, MA.

Final filling in around the Turret House foundation after the Turret House has been placed in its new location at Atwood House Museum during the restoration project in 2003. The light is on whenever the Museum is open, so climb the stairs and look inside to see the mechanism that rotates the light. #chatham, #atwoodhouse, #chathamhistoricalasociety, #lighthouse, #turret, #fresnel, #capecod

Final filling in around the Turret House foundation after the Turret House has been placed in its new location at Atwood House Museum during the restoration project in 2003. The light is on whenever the Museum is open, so climb the stairs and look inside to see the mechanism that rotates the light. #chatham, #atwoodhouse, #chathamhistoricalasociety, #lighthouse, #turret, #fresnel, #capecod

Painting the Turret House during the 2003 restoration project. #atwoodhouse, #lighthouse, #turret, #chatham, #capecod, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #fresnel, #restoration

Painting the Turret House during the 2003 restoration project.

Moving the Turret House foundation to its new location on the Atwood House grounds on the other side of the parking lot. Part of the November 2003 restoration project. #atwoodhouse, #lighthouse, #fresnel, #turret, #capecod, #chatham, #chathamhistoricalsociety

Moving the Turret House foundation to its new location on the Atwood House grounds on the other side of the parking lot. Part of the November 2003 restoration project.

Preparing the Turret House for its newly restored roof. Part of the November 2003 restoration project of the Lighthouse Turret at Atwood House Museum. #atwoodhouse, #chatham, #capecod, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #lighthouse, #fresnel, #turret

Preparing the Turret House for its newly restored roof. Part of the November 2003 restoration project of the Lighthouse Turret at Atwood House Museum.

Moving the Turret House to its new location over its brand new foundation at Atwood House, November 2003 during the restoration project. #atwoodhouse, #turret, #lighthouse, #chatham, #capecod, #chathamhistoricalsociety

Moving the Turret House to its new location over its brand new foundation at Atwood House, November 2003 during the restoration project.

More of the Lighthouse Turret restoration that took place in November of 2003. These improvements were made possible by generous grants from the Community Preservation Trust Fund and the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation. #lighthouse, #fresnel, #turret, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #capecod, #atwoodhouse, #chatham

More of the Lighthouse Turret restoration that took place in November of These improvements were made possible by generous grants from the Community Preservation Trust Fund and the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.

Signal light for the Turret. One of the original Chatham Twin Lights. In 1923, a clock mechanism was installed so the lights could rotate, making it unnecessary to have two light houses. Consequently, one was moved to Eastham to become Nauset Light; the other remained in Chatham until 1969 when it was replaced by a new and larger lantern room with modern aerobeacons.

Signal light for the Turret. One of the original Chatham Twin Lights. In 1923, a clock mechanism was installed so the lights could rotate, making it unnecessary to have two light houses. Consequently, one was moved to Eastham to become Nauset Light; the other remained in Chatham until 1969 when it was replaced by a new and larger lantern room with modern aerobeacons.

Fresnel lens from the Turret. The original Chatham Twin lights were equipped with Fresnel lenses so they would project the beam farther out to sea.  To the best of our knowledge, it is the only lantern room with its original Fresnel lens that still operates. #atwoodhouse, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #fresnel, #lens, #chatham, #capecod, #lighthouse

Fresnel lens from the Turret. The original Chatham Twin lights were equipped with Fresnel lenses so they would project the beam farther out to sea. To the best of our knowledge, it is the only lantern room with its original Fresnel lens that still operates. #atwoodhouse, #chathamhistoricalsociety, #fresnel, #lens, #chatham, #capecod, #lighthouse

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