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Long Point, Provincetown

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Long Point is a peninsula located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at the extreme tip of Cape Cod, as it curls back in on itself to create Provincetown Harbor. The Long Point Light was built on this point in 1827. The lighthouse once shared this peninsula with a settlement of fishermen that came to be known as Long Point, Massachusetts. This Provincetown village grew and thrived from 1818 until the late 1850s. When the settlers decided to leave Long Point, they took most of their houses with them – about 30 structures in all – by floating them across the harbor.
During the American Civil War, the military established a defensive coastal artillery post and garrison at this location. The Long Point Battery came to be known as "Fort Useless" and "Fort Ridiculous" among the local residents.
Today, Long Point is a ghost village – nothing remains, except for the lighthouse and an earthen mound, the last remnant from the earlier military post.
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  • Three mile walk to the lighthouse, long but easy. Great views once you get to the very tip of the Cape. Pack a lunch and have a picnic, great spot to catch some rays and relax.  more »
  • Gorgeous walk. Go at low tide and walk along the rocks. A spectacular experience. The walk gives the best view of PTown.  more »
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