The first lighthouse in the United States was constructed in 1716 on Boston Harbor’s Little Brewster Island. Named Boston Light, it was rebuilt in 1783 after it was nearly destroyed during the Revolutionary War. Still in operation today, and continuously staffed by a resident lighthouse keeper, it is the last manned lighthouse in the US. Currently managed by the Coast Guard, it has had over 60 lighthouse keepers since 1716. The current keeper is Sally Snowman, the first female keeper in Boston Light’s history. She has been at her post since 2003.
Another historic Boston lighthouse, Graves Light, was deemed excess property by the federal government and sold at public auction in 2013. The winning bid of $933,888 came from Dave Waller, a Malden resident. You can follow the restoration and see any future plans for Waller’s newly acquired lighthouse here.