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P.O. Box 565

Rockland, Maine 04841

Phone: 207-594-4174

 

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The American Lighthouse  Foundation is a  Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization dedicated  to the preservation of America's historic lighthouses.

 

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Maine Open Lighthouse Day

September 13, 2014

 

 
 

This popular event, which is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each year and offers the general public the rare opportunity to climb and learn about over two dozen historic Maine lights.

 
  2013 Participating Sites:

* Check back for 2014 updates coming soon!

 
 

(All lighthouses will be open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm unless otherwise noted)

  

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse – Bass Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Historic buildings open: Light tower only.

How to get there: Land based. The lighthouse contains a beautiful fourth order Fresnel lens in the lanter, cared for by the US Coast Guard and remains an active aid to navigation.

Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse – Swan’s Island (offshore)

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house

How to get there: Maine State Ferry from Bass Harbor to Swan’s Island. Please see ferry's website for schedule and fees at: http://www.maine.gov/mdot/msfs/swansisland.htm or call (207) 244-3254. Lighthouse is cared for by the nonprofit Friends of Swan's Island Lighthouse.

 

Burnt Island Lighthouse – Boothbay Harbor (offshore)

Note Special Time: Open 9 am to 12 noon only.

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house (Living history museum inside)

How to get there: Offshore...access via Balmy Days Cruises, Boothbay Harbor. Please see website for schedule and fees at: http://www.balmydayscruises.com or call (207) 633-2284.

Curtis Island Lighthouse – Camden Harbor (offshore)

Historic buildings open: Light tower only

How to get there: Offshore...visitors must find their own transportation to the island.

Doubling Point Lighthouse – Arrowsic, Kennebec River (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower only

Dyce Head Lighthouse – Castine (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower only

Fort Point Lighthouse – Stockton Springs (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower (contains a Fresnel lens) and bell tower (exhibits inside)

Grindle Point Lighthouse – Islesboro (offshore)

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house (Museum & gift shop inside)

How to get there: Maine State Ferry from Lincolnville to the island of Islesboro. Please see ferry's website for schedule and fees at: www.maine.gov/mdot/msfs/islesboro.htm or call (207) 633-2284.

Kennebec River Range Lights (two towers) – Arrowsic (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Front and Rear Range light towers only

Marshall Point Lighthouse – Port Clyde (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house (Museum inside)

Monhegan Island Lighthouse – Monhegan Island (offshore) 

Note Special Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house (Museum inside)

How to get there: Offshore...Boats from Port Clyde, New Harbor and Boothbay Harbor. Please see websites for the following companies for schedules and fees:

Monhegan Boat Line:

 http://monheganboat.com (207) 372-8848

Hardy Boat Cruises: http://hardyboat.com/monhegan_ferry.htm (207) 677-2026

Balmy Days Cruises: http://www.balmydayscruises.com/day/index.shtml (207) 633-2284

Owls Head Lighthouse – Owls Head (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower & Keeper's House…Light Station is cared for by the American Lighthouse Foundation. Lighthouse contains a fourth-order Fresnel Lens and is an active aid to navigation. Interpretive center and gift shop located inside Keeper's House.

*Special US Coast Guard Aids to Navigation exhibit will be on display.

 

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse – Bristol (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower (contains a Fresnel lens) and keeper’s house (Museum inside)

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (Bug Light) – South Portland (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower only

Portland Head Lighthouse – Cape Elizabeth (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house (Museum inside) You must be at least 48 inches tall and able to handle 85+ steps unassisted to climb the tower.

Note: Approximately 300 tickets will be made available for visitors on a first-come-first serve basis the day of the event, which are necessary for climbing the tower.

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse – Rockland (land-based via a 7/8-mile breakwater)

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house

How to get there? A 7/8-mile walk out the breakwater or boat transportation is available via the Rockland Yacht Club (call 207-233-2800 for more information)

Seguin Island Lighthouse – Off Popham Beach (offshore) 

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house (museum and gift shop  inside)

How to get there? Offshore...Seguin Island Ferry  please see website of Fish’N’Trips Charters by Captain Ethan DeBery at:

http://fishntripsmaine.com/seguinislandferry.html or call (207) 841-7977

Spring Point Lighthouse – South Portland (land-based via a breakwater)

Historic buildings open: Light tower

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse – Lubec (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower (contains a Fresnel lens) and keeper’s house (Museum inside)

Whitehead Lighthousenear Spruce Head, Whitehead Island (offshore)

Note Special Times: 2:30 to 4:30 only

Historic buildings open: Light tower and Keeper's House

How to get there? Whitehead Light Station boat

Limited transportation to the island (2:30-4:30) will be available with advance reservation are required…please call (207) 200-7957 or visit http://www.whiteheadlightstation.org/open-lighthouse-day-2013.html

Wood Island Lighthouse – Biddeford Pool (offshore)

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house

How to get there? Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse boats (reservations required)

http://www.woodislandlighthouse.org

For reservations, please call (207) 200-4552, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Other Lighthouse Attractions:

 

Maine Lighthouse Museum - Rockland...Open 10am to 4pm during Maine Open Lighthouse Day.

 

Whaleback Day - Celebrate the state’s southernmost lighthouse during the first-ever “Whaleback Day,” with events on both the Maine and New Hampshire sides of the Piscataqua River. Though the wave-swept lighthouse will not be open to the public, a special cruise will provide the public an opportunity for a close-up view of Whaleback Lighthouse. To learn more, visit: www.portsmouthharborlighthouse.org

 

 

 
     
 

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