Lighthouse Mania: Maine Is A Beacon Of Light

Summer, Fall: With over 60 lighthouses along Maine’s rocky coast, lighthouse enthusiast will definitely enjoy a ride up the coast in search of these beacons. Starting on Route One in Kittery you will find Whaleback Light sitting offshore from Fort Foster. You can view this awesome granite structure from Fort Foster Park as it stands ready to protect Portsmouth Harbor.Moving Northward up the coast you will find Cape Neddick Light and glimpses of Boon Island Light. Boon Island Light is nine miles offshore from York Beach and is probably the roughest place to man. The first two structures were actually swept away by raging storms and the last structure was severely damaged during the blizzard of 1978.Moving further along, Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest beacon welcomes ships into Maine’s busiest commercial harbor. Seguin Island Light is the beacon at the mouth of the foggy Kennebec River.Probably one of Maine’s prettiest lights is found in Damariscotta at Pemaquid Point. This spot is a great place to photograph the natural beauty of Maine’s coastline. Marshall Point Light is found “downeast” near Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor. Moving back inland you will find a wonderful lighthouse museum in Rockland as well as the Owl’s Head Lightstation. Finally, Bass Head Light with it’s red beacon light shining brightly in western port of Southwest Harbor and West Quoddy Head Light which is the first in the US to greet the morning sun in Lubec, the eastern most point in the US.The history and beauty of Maine’s lighthouses is a treasure for you and your whole family to enjoy.