Landmark Cape Cod lighthouse closes until 2020 for major repairs

A field of brilliant yellow sedum form a carpet in front of the Highland Light Lighthouse on the Cape Cod National Seashore.
A field of brilliant yellow sedum form a carpet in front of the Highland Light Lighthouse on the Cape Cod National Seashore. –John Tlumacki / Globe staff

TRURO, Mass. (AP) — A landmark Cape Cod lighthouse has closed for a major renovation project that will last until 2020.

The Cape Cod National Seashore announced last month that it will close the Highland Light in Truro in order to make extensive structural and safety repairs stemming from years of degradation caused by changes to the tower’s ventilation system. The Cape Cod Times reports Sunday was the last day visitors could climb the lighthouse’s stairs until repairs finish.

The renovation will include masonry repairs, new exterior coating, window replacement and other general safety improvements.

Highland Light will be closed to the public throughout 2019, but the keeper’s shop and exhibit room adjacent to the lighthouse will remain open. The lighthouse itself is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodtimes.com

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