Thacher Island, with its twin 19th century granite lighthouses, is a National Historic Landmark – one of fewer than 2,400 in the nation. The island encompasses about 50 acres and boasts the only operating twin lighthouses in America. With just over $450,000 of CPA funds, the town of Rockport helped fund restoration of the two 19th century keeper’s cottages, the South Tower built in 1861, and the Whistle House, built in 1887.
As Francis Fleming, Vice Chair of the Rockport Community Preservation Committee, explains, “Thacher Island is an icon for the town of Rockport – its image is on the town seal. It’s the only island in America with two light houses on it and you can see it from most of the coast line of Rockport. It’s a stunning place.”