Low, winter daylight can be striking. Here it illuminates the Edgartown Light which in turn lights the way for visitors and returning residents alike. After the Hurricane of 1938 demolished the original lighthouse, this 1881 cast-iron structure was relocated to Edgartown from Crane’s Beach in Ipswich. At 45-feet tall, with a few simple, hooded windows, the white and black tapered tower is a cheerful, welcoming marker. Currently cared for by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, it includes a memorial at its base dedicated in the names of children. The Museum recently renovated the lighthouse and opened it to the public for on-season tours.
As we enter a new era, this purposeful, yet inspirational lighthouse, standing steadfast to guide us, may resonate with you as much as it does with me.
by Katie Hutchison for the House Enthusiast