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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.

 
  2014 Participating Sites:

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

 
 

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Location: Bass Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Historic buildings open: Light tower only.

How to get there: Land based.

Coordinates: 44°13′ 19″ N   68°20′ 14″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a beautiful fourth order Fresnel lens. The light station’s historic buildings are cared for by the USCG.

Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse

Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse

Location: Swan’s Island (offshore)

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house

Special Activities: Maine Open Lighthouse Day is the last chance to view an educational exhibit about the history of shipping that has used Burnt Coast Harbor Light over the years. The exhibit notes several shipwrecks, and includes a chart that visitors can utilize to pinpoint (from land) the locations of wrecks around the harbor entrance. The keeper’s house also contains a small art gallery with works by local artists.

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

Coordinates: 44°08′ 03″ N   68°26′ 50″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station is owned by the Town of Swan’s Island, and the historic buildings are cared for by the nonprofit Friends of Swan's Island Lighthouse. For more info, visit: www.burntcoatharborlight.com

Burnt Island Lighthouse

Burnt Island Lighthouse

Location: 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 from Pier 8 via Balmy Days Cruises, Boothbay Harbor. Please see website for schedule and fees at: www.balmydayscruises.com or call (207) 633-2284.

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Maine Department of Marine Resources. For more info, visit: www.maine.gov/dmr/burntisland/index.htm

Coordinates: 43°49′ 31″ N   69°38′ 27″ W

Curtis Island Lighthouse

Curtis Island Lighthouse

Location: Camden Harbor (offshore)

Historic buildings open: Light tower only

How to get there: Offshore...visitors must find their own transportation to the island. Kayak tours may be available from Camden Harbor.

Coordinates: 44°12′ 06″ N   69°02′ 54″ W

Doubling Point Lighthouse

Doubling Point Lighthouse

Location: Arrowsic, Kennebec River (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower only

Special Activities: Visitors will have the chance to meet Karen and Danny McLean, former Coast Guard keepers at Doubling Point and Doubling Point Range Lights. 

How to get there: Land based

Coordinates: 43°52′ 57″ N   69°48′ 25″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The lighthouse is owned and managed by the Friends of Doubling Point Lighthouse. The remainder of the light station’s historic buildings are privately owned (please respect the owners privacy). For more info, visit: www.doublingpoint.org

Dyce Head Lighthouse

Dyce Head Lighthouse

Location: Castine (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower only

How to get there: Land based

Coordinates: 44°22′ 57″ N   68°49′ 07″ W

The lighthouse is an active aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Town of Castine. The keeper’s house is a private residence (please respect the tenant’s privacy).

Fort Point Lighthouse

Fort Point Lighthouse

Location: Stockton Springs (land-based)

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

Special Activities: Visitors will have an opportunity to view a full scale Steven’s apparatus in the bell tower and actually ring the bell by using the striker.

How to get there: Land based

Coordinates: 44°28′ 02″ N   68°48′ 42″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a beautiful fourth order Fresnel lens. The light station’s historic buildings are owned by the State of Maine and managed by the Fort Point State Historic Site. The keeper’s house is the residence of the Park Ranger and his family (please respect their privacy).

Goat Island Lighthouse

Goat Island Lighthouse

Location: Cape Porpoise (offshore)

NOTE SPECIAL TIME: Open 12 noon to 3pm only

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house

Special Activities: Monitors are set up as a walking museum in the covered walkway between the keeper’s house and lighthouse, which show old photos of lightkeepers, island life and a home video from the Worrell’s, who were keepers at Goat Island from 1968 to 1972.

How to get there: Offshore…access from the Cape Porpoise Pier. Please call Captain Kevin Kennedy at (207) 831-3663 for schedule and fees of boat transportation to the island. If you enjoy kayaking, please call Kayak Excursions at (888) 925-7496 or Coastal Maine Kayak at (207) 967-6065 for rates and details.

Coordinates: 43°21′ 30″ N   70°25′ 30″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. For more info, visit: www.kporttrust.org

Grindle Point Lighthouse

Grindle Point Lighthouse

Location: 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.

Coordinates: 44°16′ 56″ N   68°56′ 34″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Town of Islesboro. For more info, visit: http://townofislesboro.com/departments/grindle-point-sailors-museum/

Kennebec River Range Front Light

Kennebec River Range Front Light

Location: Arrowsic (land-based)

Historic buildings open: The front range light (the rear range light can be viewed at a distance)

How to get there: Land based

Coordinates: 43°53′ 00″ N   69°47′ 42″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The two historic light towers (front and rear range) are owned and managed by The Range Light Keepers. For more info, visit: www.rlk.org

Marshall Point Lighthouse

Marshall Point Lighthouse

Location: Port Clyde (land-based)

NOTE SPECIAL TIME:  10am to 3pm

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

How to get there: Land based

Coordinates: 43°55′ 03″ N   69°15′ 41″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the St. George Historical Society. For more info, visit: www.marshallpoint.org

Monhegan Island Lighthouse

Monhegan Island Lighthouse

Location: Monhegan Island (offshore) 

NOTE SPECIAL TIME 11am to 4pm

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

Special Activities: Annual Art Exhibit in the new gallery building at the light station… “The Famous and the Forgotten: Revisiting Monhegan’s Celebrated 1914 Art Exhibition”

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 T:(207) 372-8848

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

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

Coordinates: 43°45′ 54″ N   69°18′ 54″ W

Owls Head Lighthouse 

Owls Head Lighthouse

Location: Owls Head (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower & keeper's house (Interpretive center & gift shop inside)

How to get there: Land based

Coordinates: 44°05′ 33″ N   69°02′ 39″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a beautiful fourth order Fresnel lens. The light station’s historic buildings are cared for by the American Lighthouse Foundation and serves as the headquarters for the nonprofit organization. For more info, visit: www.lighthousefoundation.org

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Location: Bristol (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower (contains a Fresnel lens) and keeper’s house (Museum inside, which is operated by the Town of Bristol)

How to get there: Land based

Coordinates: 43°50′ 12″ N   69°30′ 21″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a beautiful fourth order Fresnel lens. The light tower is cared for by the Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. For more info, visit: www.lighthousefoundation.org

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse

(Bug Light)

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse

Location: South Portland (land-based)

Historic buildings open: Light tower only

How to get there: Land based

Coordinates: 43°39′ 20″ N   70°14′ 06″ W

The lighthouse is a private aid to navigation and is owned by the City of South Portland.

Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Head Lighthouse

Location: Cape Elizabeth (land-based)

SPECIAL NOTE: Approximately 280 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.

You must be at least 48 inches tall and able to handle 85+ steps unassisted to climb the tower.

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

How to get there: Land based

Coordinates: 43°37′ 24″ N   70°12′ 30″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth. For more info on the Museum at Portland Head Light, visit: www.portlandheadlight.com

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Location: 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)

Coordinates: 44°06′ 15″ N   69°04′ 39″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned by the City of Rockland and cared for by the Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. For more info, visit: www.rocklandharborlights.org or www.lighthousefoundation.org

Seguin Island Lighthouse

Seguin Island Lighthouse

Location: 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

Coordinates: 43°42′ 30″ N   69°45′ 30″ W

Spring Point Lighthouse

Spring Point Lighthouse

Location: South Portland (land-based via a breakwater)

Historic buildings open: Light tower

How to get there: Land based via a breakwater at the Southern Maine Community College

Coordinates: 43°39′ 07″ N   70°13′ 26″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and is owned and managed by the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust. For more info, visit: http://springpointlight.org/

 

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Location: Lubec (land-based)

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

How to get there: Land based

Coordinates: 44°48′ 55″ N   66°57′ 04″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a beautiful third order Fresnel lens. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and maintained by the Maine Department of Parks and Lands. The Museum inside the keeper’s house is operated by the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association. For more info, visit: www.westquoddy.com

Whitehead Lighthouse

Whitehead Lighthouse

Location: near Spruce Head, Whitehead Island (offshore)

NOTE SPECIAL TIMES 2:00 to 4:00 pm only…Reservations are required

Historic buildings open:  Light tower and Keeper's House

How to get there: Please visit: www.whiteheadlightstation.org/2014-specials.html How to get there: Boat from Whitehead Light Station…Limited transportation to the island (2:00-4:00) will be available with advance reservations required. Please call (207) 200-7957.

Coordinates: 43°58′ 43″ N   69°07′ 27″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Whitehead Light Station. For more info, visit: www.whiteheadlightstation.org/welcome.html

Wood Island Lighthouse

 Wood Island Lighthouse

Location: Biddeford Pool (offshore)

Historic buildings open: Light tower and keeper’s house

How to get there: Aboard the boat “Light Runner,” which is operated by the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse (reservations are required and will open September 2, 2014). For reservations, please call (207) 200-4552, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Coordinates: 43°27′ 25″ N   70°19′ 45″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are cared for by the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. For more info, visit: www.woodislandlighthouse.org or www.lighthousefoundation.org

Other Lighthouse Attractions:

 

Maine Lighthouse Museum

Maine Lighthouse Museum

Location: Rockland

The Museum has the largest collection of Fresnel lenses on display in the nation. Other exhibits pay tribute to our lighthouse history (both the U.S. Lighthouse Service and U.S. Coast Guard eras), as well as the United States Life-Saving Service. The Museum is a must-see while visiting Maine’s lighthouses.

FMI: Visit: www.mainelighthousemuseum.org or call (207) 594-3301

Whaleback Day

Whaleback Day

Location: Kittery

Enjoy a fun cruise near the lighthouse from Kittery Point, Maine, aboard the “Sir William Pepperrell” with Captain Neil Odams. On Whaleback Day, we will have four cruises — at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Each of the cruises will be about an hour long and will go very close to Portsmouth Harbor Light and Whaleback Light. Jeremy D’Entremont, historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation, will be aboard to tell passengers about some of the fascinating history of these two spectacular locations.

Whaleback Day is sponsored by the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation.

FMI: Visit www.portsmouthharborlighthouse.org

Whaleback Lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light tower is owned by the American Lighthouse Foundation, and cared for by its local chapter, Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. For more info, visit: www.portsmouthharborlighthouse.org or www.lighthousefoundation.org

   
 
 

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