Underground Art Gallery
673 Satucket Road
Brewster, Cape Cod, MA 02631
© Copyright 2002 Wendy M. Mathias.
All artwork copyright is owned by Karen North Wells.
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in the world is it that draws us to lighthouses? Few of us have
ever visited one, fewer still have been saved at sea by a lighthouse
beacon. Lighthouses are metaphors for being kept safe from harm,
for guidance, and for safety in stormy times of life. And they
are just plain romantic; dependable, and permanent, and straightforward,
just what we look for in others.
The split-granite block lighthouse was completed and activated
in 1811. In its adjacent house lived the lighthouse keeper,
Captain Simeon Bates with his wife and nine children.
During the War of 1812, Bates's young daughters, Rebecca and
Abigail hid behind some trees playing fife and drum when they
saw two British barges approaching. The British mistook them
for an entire regiment. The girls' courageous act has been recorded
in many history books.
In 1968 the town awarded custody and administration of the Lighthouse
to the Scituate Historical Society.
x 17" (18" x 24" matted)