I wish I would have had a little more time to compose this one but I was just about in the way of a wedding that was about to take place in front of the Light (just to the left of this image). Should have had a litttle more sky about the top of the Light, but hey, live and learn ;)

"Mattapoisett -- a few miles east of New Bedford -- was a village of the town of Rochester until 1857, when it was incorporated as a separate town. With a commodious harbor on Buzzards Bay, Mattapoisett developed as a center for shipbuilding, whaling, and coastal trade. The name of the town is said to come from a Wampanoag Indian word for "place of resting," and Mattapoisett appropriately developed into a restful summer resort favored by luminaries such as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

With the support of the Massachusetts congressman (and former president) John Quincy Adams playing a vital role, Congress appropriated $5,000 on March 3, 1837, for a lighthouse at Ned's Point, at the north side of the entrance to Mattapoisett's harbor. The lighthouse was built in 1837-38 and first lighted in March 1838. A small stone dwelling was built close to the lighthouse."

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