History
of the Wings Neck Lighthouse

Wings Neck Light was built in 1849 because of heavy marine traffic traveling in Buzzards Bay to ports in Wareham and Sandwich. When the Cape Cod Canal opened in 1914, Wings Neck Light assumed its real importance for a number of years. The first lighthouse at Wings Neck was a Cape Cod-style lightkeepers house with a lantern placed on the roof. In 1889, damage from an earlier fire and general disrepair forced the construction of a new lighthouse. The present keepers’ house, with its attached hexagonal wooden tower, was built to replace the old Cape Cod-style house.

“Imagine the most beautiful seascape painting …then imagine living in that painting.  That has been our experience.”It was amazing! Our kids loved it! My husband and I enjoyed pure nature and open view – gorgeous! We cannot wait to do this again. Thank you for giving us a piece of heaven.”

Katya and family

For many years, Wings Neck was deemed one of the most important lighthouses on the Atlantic Coast because of the heavy shipping traveling the Cape Cod Canal but, by 1943, newer technology was making the lighthouse obsolete. The property was sold by the government in 1947 to Frank and Irene Flanagan. They loved the property with a passion and enjoyed a long retirement there until Irene passed on in 1999. The property was completely renovated and is now available for weekly rental year round.

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