Na­tion’s old­est light­house sta­tion cel­e­brates 300 years

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BOS­TON >> The na­tion’s old­est light­house sta­tion is turn­ing 300 years old with cel­e­bra­tions and a cer­e­mo­nial re-light­ing.

Bos­ton Light sits on a small is­land roughly 9 miles (14 kilo­me­ters) from down­town Bos­ton.

Coast Guard Com­man­dant Paul Zukunft and Bos­ton Mayor Martin Walsh are among the dig­ni­taries ex­pected to at­tend a Wed­nes­day morn­ing cel­e­bra­tion in down­town Bos­ton. The Coast Guard band is slated to per­form.

A smaller cel­e­bra­tion is hap­pen­ing on Lit­tle Brew­ster Is­land, where the light­house is lo­cated. The nearby com­mu­nity of Hull has fes­tiv­i­ties planned as well.

At sun­set, the light’s beam will be briefly pow­ered down and sym­bol­i­cally re-lit.

The 89-foot tall light­house was built by the Bri­tish in 1716, de­stroyed dur­ing the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion and re­built by the U.S. in 1783. It’s the Coast Guard’s last manned light­house.

ELISE AMEN­DOLA — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

In this file photo, Bos­ton Light, Amer­ica’s old­est light­house, sits on Lit­tle Brew­ster Is­land in Bos­ton Har­bor. The na­tion’s old­est light­house sta­tion is turn­ing 300 years old with cel­e­bra­tions and a cer­e­mo­nial re­light­ing. Coast Guard Com­man­dant Paul Zukunft and Bos­ton Mayor Martin Walsh are among the dig­ni­taries ex­pected to at­tend a Wed­nes­day morn­ing cel­e­bra­tion in down­town Bos­ton.

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