Oldest US lighthouse, Boston Light, celebrates 300 years

The 89-foot-tall lighthouse was built by the British in 1716

In this Aug. 17, 2016 file photo, Boston Light, America's oldest lighthouse, sits on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor. The nation's oldest lighthouse station is turning 300 years old with celebrations and a ceremonial re-lighting. Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh are among the dignitaries expected to attend a Wednesday morning, Sept. 14, 2016, celebration in downtown Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
In this Aug. 17, 2016 file photo, Boston Light, America's oldest lighthouse, sits on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor. The nation's oldest lighthouse station is turning 300 years old with celebrations and a ceremonial re-lighting. Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh are among the dignitaries expected to attend a Wednesday morning, Sept. 14, 2016, celebration in downtown Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

BOSTON (AP) — 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 traveled 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.


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