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Race Point Light Whistle House.

The fog signal building was constructed in 1888. It gets its name from the fact that the signal was originally a whistle — not a horn — and it was sounded by steam, much like a tea kettle. The boilers drew from a 5,600-gallon cistern under the building. In Historic Cape Cod Lighthouses: Race Point, James W. Claflin writes that the signal was moved to the lighthouse lantern gallery, as a horn, after the light was automated. The Whistle House now has overnight guest accommodations. They lose no sleep on account of the horn, which was discontinued and removed.

¶ Last updated on 16 April 2017.

 

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