New England is known for its beautiful and historic lighthouses dotting the coastline, marking towns, harbors, and points, while offering warning and comfort to sailors - past and present. There is something truly romantic about these beacons that have stood for generations, through countless storms and dark nights. And here in Midcoast Maine we tend to several of these timeless towers, and we recommend visiting at least a couple during your stay.
NOTE: most of the Lights have seasonal hours. Check ahead before embarking.
Fort Point LightStockton Springs | newenglandlighthouses.net/fort-point
Fort Point Lighthouse is located on Cape Jellison on the west side of the mouth of Penobscot River. Build in 1857, the brick lighthouse stands 31ft high on an 88ft plane overlooking the Atlantic.
Curtis Island LightCamden | newenglandlighthouses.net/curtis-island
Curtis Island Lighthouse stands on a small island at the entrance to Camden Harbor. Built with brick in 1896, the Light stands at 25ft.
Grindle Point Light & MuseumIslesboro | newenglandlighthouses.net/grindle-point
Grindle Point Lighthouse is found at Gilkey Harbor on the west side of Islesboro, which can be reached via a ferry from Lincolnville Beach (the lighthouse is near the ferry dock). This brick light was build in 1874 and stands 39ft tall. The Sailor's Memorial Museum is also located in the innkeeper's house.
Rockland Breakwater LightRockland | rocklandharborlights.org/rkdhistory
Located on Jameson Point in Rockland Harbor, at the end of a 7/8-mile-long breakwater, Rockland Breakwater Light requires a roughly 2-mile walk to visit, but the coastal scenery makes it worth the trip. The Light was built in 1902 of wood and brick, and stands 25ft tall.
Owls Head LightOwls Head | rocklandharborlights.org/ohhistory
Owls Head Lighthouse is found on West Penobscot Bay, on the south side of the entrance to Rockland Harbor. Built in 1852, the Light stands to 30ft, on a 100ft plane. The views are excellent!
Marshall Point Light and MuseumPort Clyde | www.marshallpoint.org
Prominently seated on the rocky point at the entrance to the harbor of the fishing village of Port Clyde, Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum offers visitors and engaging look at the local history, beauty, and wonder of mid-coast Maine. Built in 1857 of brick and granite, the Light stands 31ft.
Pemaquid Point LightBristol | www.bristolparks.org
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is found at the entrance to Muscongus Bay and John Bay. Owned and operated by the town of Bristol (with the help of volunteers), the site includes a Fisherman's Museum. The Light was constructed in 1835 to a height of 38ft.