Marblehead Light

Marblehead Light: The Story of a New England Icon
by Bill Conly

Marblehead Light: The Story of a New England Icon required decades of research into the Light: its origins, its political history, and its physical qualities.  The result is a richly illustrated history that includes over 90 historical paintings, drawings, maps, and photos organized in ten chapters that cover the evolution of the lighthouse structures and technology as well as the people who built and maintained it.

Marblehead Light: The Story of a New England Icon is published by the Town of Marblehead Historical Commission and will be available in early October for $19.99 from many local shops, including Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, Arnould’s Gallery, Marblehead Museum and Abbot Hall Gift Shops.  The book is now available online through at

It will soon be available through All profits from the sale of the book will be used by the Historical Commission to preserve and promote Marblehead’s unique history.

Book Talk and Signing Events

Community leader, 12th generation Marbleheader, and longtime sailor Bill Conly presents the history of Marblehead Light, the subject of his book, Marblehead Light: The Story of a New England Icon. Bill’s presentation highlights the history of the town and the people who demanded, built, and have maintained the Light for seagoing merchants, mariners, and pleasure boaters and sailors for the past 183 years.

The presentation will last approximately an hour.  Evening presentations will be given on Oct. 12th and Nov. 8th, and an afternoon presentation will be given on Oct. 30th.

Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
Abbot Hall Auditorium
188 Washington St.
Marblehead, MA

Monday, Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m.
Marblehead Community Center, Council on Aging
10 Humphrey Street
Marblehead, MA 01945

 WednesdayNov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Abbot Library
235 Pleasant St.
Marblehead, MA 10945

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