The National Trust for Historic Preservation released their 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list this week. It is the 26th annual release by the organization and this year includes Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard.
The list includes interesting places from coast to coast and everywhere in between including the Abyssinian Meeting House in Portalnd, ME, the Worldport Terminal at JFK Airport in New York and the Kake Cannery in Arizona.
The lighthouse is in "immediate danger" due to erosion, according to the organization. The light, the first on the vineyard, was first established in 1799 and the current tower was built in 1856. It was one of the first lighthouses to have a first order Fresnel light in 1856. The red brick light is perched atop the beautiful red clay cliffs.
The Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah is the only Massachusetts site to be named to the list.
The Washington, DC-based National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded non profit, according to their website.