Oldest US lighthouse, Boston Light, celebrates 300 years
Posted September 14
BOSTON — America's oldest lighthouse station is being honored as it turns 300 years old.
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft called Boston Light a "landmark that will stand the test of time" at a waterfront Boston celebration Wednesday.
Democratic Mayor Martin Walsh says the beacon will "always remain a national treasure."
Festivities included a large birthday cake replica of the lighthouse and performances by the Coast Guard band, honor guard and drill team.
Dignitaries then travelled 9 miles by boat to the light's home on Little Brewster Island.
At sunset, Boston Light will be briefly powered down and symbolically relit.
The 89-foot-tall lighthouse was built by the British in 1716, was destroyed during the American Revolution and was rebuilt by the U.S. in 1783.
It's the Coast Guard's last manned lighthouse.