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Guide to Maine Lighthouses

The black and white lighthouses of Maine are
perhaps the state's most recognized symbol. These beacons of light have allowed
many a sailor to navigate his way through the rocky channels and harbors of
Maine and many are still doing that same job today for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The lighthouses of Maine are also popular tourist attractions as many are
available for public tours or sightseeing. Several other lighthouses are best seen
by boat and are not open to the public, as they are privately owned.

Here are several of Maine's lighthouses that are available for tours as well as
those offering overnight accommodations.

Marshall Point Light

This lighthouse is located in Port Clyde, Maine. Although the lighthouse is not
open to the public, the grounds around it are and the unique bridge leading to
the lighthouse offers a great place for taking photos of the surrounding area.
Other buildings that are standing in the area include the keeper's house which
was built in 1895 and the oil house, built in 1905.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

This lighthouse on Mount Desert Island was built in 1858 and the grounds are
open to the public, but the actual lighthouse is not. Other buildings on the
grounds include the keeper's house built in 1858, the oil house built in 1902 and
a barn that was built in 1905. The grounds of the light house are open year round
from 9am to sunset.

Burnt Coat Harbor Light (Hockamock Head Light)

Located on Swan's Island and just a ferry trip from Bass Harbor, you will find the
Bunt Coat Harbor Light. The grounds of the lighthouse are open to the public
and include the lighthouse and keeper's house, which were both built in 1872.
The oil house was built in 1895 and the fog bell tower was built in 1911. The
lighthouse is owned by the Town of Swans Island.

Monhegan Island Light

In Monhegan, Maine, you'll find the Monhegan Island Light and museum. The
museum is located in the keeper's house, which was built in 1874 originally and
then reconstructed in 1851. The museum is open daily July 1 through August 31
from 11:30 to 3:30. It is open from June 24 to June 30 and September 1 through
September 30 from 12:30 to 2:30. The grounds also include the oil house that was
built in 1893.

Burnt Island Light

In Boothbay Harbor, Maine, stands the Burnt Island Light. From mid-July to
early September (Monday-Friday) you can take a three hour public tour of the
lighthouse. The tours are offered at 10am and 12:45pm. There are also
sightseeing cruises you can take in the harbor that pass the lighthouse. The
lighthouse was built in 1821. You will also see the keeper's house of 1857, the
1880 boathouse, the 1886 fuel house and the 1899 oil house.

Pemaquid Point Light

In Bristol, Maine you'll find the 1827 lighthouse. The grounds and the keeper's
house are owned and managed by the Town of Bristol and you'll find The
Fisherman's Museum in the keeper's house. A one bedroom apartment is also
available in the keeper's house for weekly vacation rental. The tower is open
from Memorial Day to Columbus Day to the public from 10am to 5pm. However,
on rainy days the tower may be closed.

Isle au Haut Light (Robinson Point Light)

In Isle au Haut, Maine, the Isle au Haut Light grounds are open to the public for
viewing, although the tower is not. The keeper's house was built in 1907 and
operates as a bed and breakfast inn. The boathouse and oil house are also still
standing on the grounds, both of which were built in 1907 as well.

What's your favorite Maine lighthouse?  Don't see it here?  Send me an email
and I'll include it!