Oldest U.S. Lighthouse Celebrates 300 Years

BOSTON (AP) -
Boston Light sits on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
Boston Light sits on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

America’s oldest lighthouse station is being honored as it turns 300.

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 said 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 nine 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 is the Coast Guard’s last manned lighthouse.