The first #lighthouse
in the United States stands in #HullMA
on Little Brewster Island. The Pilgrim name a reminder that while #PlymouthMA
is the first permanent European settlement in New England, Hull can claim second. In 1622, the Pilgrims constructed a storehouse for trade with the Massachusett Tribe who called the thin peninsula Nantascot; a name that remains in use today as #NantasketBeach.
This photo of #BostonLight
was taken at the northern terminus of the beach, #PointAllerton,
which was named, like the #BrewsterIslands,
during the Pilgrims’ first exploration of #BostonHarbor
just before their famed Thanksgiving. William Brewster was a ruling Elder of Plymouth and Isaac Allerton was the colony’s first deputy governor.
Such juridical geographic labels are historically misleading however, as Nantascot soon became the home of two Plymouth outcasts John Lyford (their first minister) and John Oldham (whose later death sparked the Pequot War) in active conflict with the political/religious leanings of the colony. They made efforts to establish trade and #fishing
at Nantasket, and the latter led to Hull’s incorporation as a town of #Massachusetts in the 1640s. Residents were given land under the condition that they fished. Fitting for photo 3/3 of Point Allerton itself, where a person can be seen doing just that.
But the Pilgrim-named island on which Boston Light stands also represents another part of #history.
Though the settlers of #Boston
would quickly out pace Plymouth and become the premier seat of trade in #NewEngland
due to the naturally deep harbor, the many rocky ledges and sand bars only allowed one safe entry point between three islands to the west of Little Brewster.
So, just as Plymouth blazed the trail for Boston’s settlement, the island began guiding ships’ passage to the city through #NantasketRoads
in 1716 with the construction of Boston Light. It was rebuilt after destruction during the #RevolutionaryWar,
but it fittingly remains the last manned light house in the country through tours as a #NationalHistoricLandmark.