Do you want to buy a lighthouse? Now’s your chance

Butler Flats Light
Butler Flats Light –Alexey Sergev /

Always wanted to own your very own lighthouse?

Now’s your chance.

New Bedford’s Butler Flats Light is up for auction.

The 117-year-old lighthouse is located at the mouth of the Acushnet River, according to the General Services Administration, the federal agency auctioning it off.

It was designed by Francis Hopkinson Smith, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Smith is also known for having laid the foundation for the Statue of Liberty.

Construction was completed on April 30, 1898, and the lighthouse was initially painted red, according to

For well over 50 years, members of New Bedford’s Baker family were responsible for being “keepers’’ of the lighthouse.


Butler Flats Light was decommissioned in 1978 and leased to the City of New Bedford.

In preparations for the lighthouse’s 1998 centennial, the city’s mayor and the Bristol County Sheriff arranged for inmates at the Bristol County House of Corrections to work on repairs and restoration efforts, according to

In April 1998, a crowd of more than 600 assembled for the centennial. Butler Flats is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2013, the General Services Administration tried to auction off the lighthouse. But when bidders arrived for an inspection of the lighthouse, a broken ladder prevented them from accessing it. The auction was put on hold, pending repairs.

It wasn’t until this fall that Butler Flats went on the auction block once again.

As of Sunday, three bids have been received.

The auction ends on Tuesday, November 17, at 10 a.m.

You can bid on Butler Flats Light here.

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