For more than 150 years, Gay Head Light has stood high atop the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, its guiding light sweeping out to sea. But time has steadily chipped away the clay bluffs, threatening to send the iconic landmark to a watery demise.
Now, residents are racing against the clock to save the historic lighthouse, seeking to move the 400-ton structure to safer ground.
“It’s a shared heritage for all of us,” said Len Butler of the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse committee.
The money will also finance an extensive renovation of the lighthouse.