Although we are closed for public tours until Spring 2018, we are not closed for visitation! The 1730 Conant House is open Tuesday-Friday, 11 am to 2 pm for self-guided tours to see our exhibit, “Falmouth: Changing with the Times”. Additionally, the Museums on the Green offers a full range of adult and family programs, including our 2018 Lecture Series. Costs to most lectures are $ 5 for members and $ 8 for non-members, and are held at our Cultural Center, 35 Katharine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth. We also offer historical trolley rides on Wednesdays during the fall (reservations required), and in the Spring, walking tours of Falmouth on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 am (weather permitting).
You can also save money on our lectures by purchasing a 2018 Season Pass!
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Robertson Dinsmore, “Lightships of Cape Cod”
February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$5.00
Illustrated talk on lightships which were floating lighthouses positioned where land based lighthouses could not be built. They marked the entrance to harbor channels and the navigational routes around reefs and shoals. The first American lightship was in 1820 and the number grew to a maximum of 55 lightships by 1900 compared to 1,460 lighthouses. The early lightships were of wood, no engines, with oil lamps and hand- rung fog bells. Later lightships had engines, built of steel, and with electric lights and power operated fog horns. Almost half of all lightships were in or near Cape Cod waters. Ten lightships were lost to storms and five in collisions. The last active lightship (Nantucket) was removed from service in 1985. Nine remaining lightship hulls are museum artifacts. The old Nantucket Lightship is berthed at East Boston and open to visitors.