After nearly two centuries of government management, the U.S. Coast Guard announced last week that it will be letting go of the Nobska Lighthouse in Woods Hole.


Since the opening of the original wooden Gay Head Light in 1799, no keeper has served longer than Richard Skidmore.


Keepers of the Light will premiere on WGBH 2 on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. and again on Nov. 17, 18 and 21. It will also appear on WGBX on Nov. 16, 17 and 18.

If it weren’t for Bill and Kristen Golden, the Nantucket Lightship might have been sold for scrap metal.


Almost a year to the day after the Gay Head Light resumed its watch over Vineyard Sound and the waters south of Aquinnah, memories of its historic move are still fresh on the Island.

Nobska Light in Falmouth, a familiar landmark on the ferry route between Woods Hole and the Vineyard, is being transferred to the town of Falmouth and the care of a new nonprofit group, Friends of Nobska Light.