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Nation’s oldest lighthouse station celebrates 300 years

Boston Light will celebrate its 300th anniversary with summer tours.Harrison Hill for The Boston Globe/file/Globe Freelance

The 300th anniversary of the nation’s oldest lighthouse station will be celebrated this summer with tours of Little Brewster Island and Boston Harbor, officials said Monday.

Boston Light was built on Sept. 14, 1716, said Rebecca Smerling, director of programs at Boston Harbor NOW. The summer tours of the island begin Friday.

“It’s one of the gems of the Boston Harbor to be that far out in the harbor to look out at the city and open water,” she said.

The three-hour tour begins with a 45-minute ferry ride through the harbor, which gives visitors the chance to learn about the island’s history, park officials said.


On Little Brewster Island, visitors can climb the tower’s 76 steps to see the lighthouse’s Fresnel lens — among the only ones used in the state, park officials said.

Boston Light sits on a point near the middle of the island.

Sally Snowman, the keeper of Boston Light who lives on the island year-round, said the park looks forward to seeing a record number of visitors this summer.

“Over the last two years, the Coast Guard invested $1.5 million for major repairs to restore Boston Light and her facilities to prepare for this momentous anniversary,” she said in a statement.

Giles Parker, superintendent of the National Park Service in Boston, said the lighthouse is a national icon.

“When you look at the lighthouse, you understand the challenges of going to sea,” he said in the statement. “You think about the people who have navigated their boats through darkness and stormy seas to find that reassuring beam to guide them into safe harbor.”

Tours will run Friday through Sunday until early October.

Mina Corpuz can be reached at mina.corpuz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @mlcorpuz.