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This classic lighthouse and keeper’s house sits at the northernmost end of an archipelago whose biggest islands host the state’s leading lobstering port, working quarries that yield a distinctive mauve-flecked granite (it’s been used to build some national landmarks, including President John F. Kennedy’s tomb), and a diverse artistic and cultural community. This particular island is quite small — just one-and-a-half acres. Its lighthouse, first illuminated on January 1, 1855, was built to guide lumber ships through the waterway that separates the archipelago from the mainland. Today that passage is a renowned cruising lane for recreational sailors. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1934, and an automated acetylene-powered light on a nearby ledge now aids navigation. The island and buildings are privately owned, but they are easily admired from the opposite shore.
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Photographed by Laurence Parent