Solstice Celebration, June 21st

Gay Head Lighthouse Open FREE on Mother's Day!

The Town of Aquinnah will open Gay Head Light for FREE on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14th, from 5:30-7pm. All mothers and everyone who has, or had a mother, are invited to honor Mom, and enjoy the stunning view from the Island’s most iconic structure. Closed if raining…

Historic Gay Head Light Needs Repairs

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/file

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/file

After moving the Gay Head Light farther inland last year, local officials are now looking for up to $1.3 million to complete repairs on the Martha’s Vineyard icon over the next few years. [READ MORE]











Fencing is down

The fencing that was erected as part of the lighthouse move has  been removed, and Lighthouse Park, directly adjacent to Gay Head Light, is now open daily from 8:30am until an hour past Sunset for the general enjoyment of the public. (Photos by Scott Crawford)20160921_150713 20160921_162330 20160921_125730

NOVA documentary "Operation Lighthouse Rescue" wins a 2016 Science Media Award!


The Science Media Awards, presented by WGBH and and Jackson Hole WILD, recently announced the 2016 winners of Science Media Awards  at their SMASH16 Summit in Boston.

Congrats to producer/director Joby Lubman, and crew, and NOVA/PBS. Click here to read more.

Vineyard Medals Honor Maritime Traditions, Leadership

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum recently honored three Vineyard residents for their service to the Island.

At a ceremony earlier this month, Len Butler, Robert S. Douglas and Catherine (Kay) Mayhew each received a 2016 Martha’s Vineyard Medal. The medal honors residents who have contributed to the history, arts and culture of the Island.

Mr. Butler played a lead role in relocating the Gay Head Light last year, serving as chairman of the lighthouse relocation committee, navigating reams of bureaucratic red tape and poring over the lighthouse structure and geology of the nearby eroding cliffs. Through it all, he maintained his day job as a senior site supervisor at John G. Early Construction, where he has worked since 1972.

(Read the article…)

Update: new railings installed at the lighthouse

The beautiful new black powder coated metal railings on the balcony, at the building entrance, and on the new retaining wall, have been installed.

“Keepers of the Light: The Gay Head Documentary and Historical Exhibit” Opening Celebration is 8/7

Filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth of Film-Truth Productions are excited to announce the launch of the “Keepers of the Light – The Gay Head Lighthouse Documentary and Historical Multi-Media Exhibit” on Sunday, August 7th, 2016, National Lighthouse Day. The Opening Celebration from 6pm to 9pm, will be kicked off with a special lighthouse themed musical performance by Kate Taylor and friends. The filmmakers will also screen selected scenes from the forthcoming documentary and make remarks about the film and the exhibit.

Gay Head Lighthouse exhibit invite

This year’s annual National Lighthouse Day marks a milestone for our nation as we celebrate the 300th year of lighthouses in America. It is also significant for our community, as it comes almost a year to the day since the Gay Head light was re-lit in its new location, and also comes at a time when the community is celebrating the newly formed Aquinnah Cultural District. Come experience the history of one of America’s most storied lighthouses in this state of the art multi-media exhibit. The Keepers of the Light – The Gay Head Lighthouse Documentary & Historical Multi-Media Exhibit, housed in the historic Manning Building in front of the Gay Head Lighthouse, marks the first time this location, recently acquired by the Town of Aquinnah, has been open to the public in over a decade. The exhibit has a screening room where visitors can catch a sneak peek of several scenes from the filmmaker’s forthcoming documentary “Keepers of the Light.” There is a special exhibit room which currently features time lapse photography, architectural renderings, photographs and videos of the recent engineering marvel of the lighthouse relocation, and celebrates this historic milestone for the Gay Head light and the island community. The exhibit also features historic and archival photographs that help bring the history of the light to life.

The exhibit will be open from 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun, through Labor Day, and on the weekends in September. The schedule is subject to change. Please visit for the most up to date schedule and details.

The exhibit is offered free to the public by Film-Truth Productions as an extension of the outreach and fundraising campaign for the documentary film.Contact Liz Witham at or 508-645-3030 for more information

Free screening of NOVA episode about the Gay Head Lighthouse move on June 12th, 4 pm

On Sunday, June 12 at 4 pm, The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society will be hosting a free screening of NOVA’s episode “Operation Lighthouse Rescue.” CLICK HERE for more information and to reserve tickets.