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The “Flying Santa Claus,” Edward Rowe Snow, a high school teacher and coastal historian, brought Christmas cheer to the keepers of Boston Light on Christmas Eve in 1940.

America’s first lighthouse guided vessels entering Boston Harbor from Sept. 14, 1716, and the lighthouse on Little Brewster Island was the last to be automated, in 1998. While the current Boston Light is not the original, it has stood guard since 1783. The first beacon on the island fell victim to fighting during the American Revolution. Today the lighthouse is staffed by volunteers and can be toured. — Lane Turner and Lisa Tuite.

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