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Lighthouses

Maine has 63 lighthouses, 14 of which are here in Knox County. Lighthouses are art, history and culture, each unique in its design, and each with its own tale to tell of heroic rescues, romantic legends, shipwrecks, and ghosts. Built in the 1800s by some of America’s foremost architects and engineers, lighthouse construction posed major challenges due to the rocky, wave-swept ledges and shifting sands. In recent times, America’s lighthouses have become endangered. Automation has left many empty light keeper’s houses prey to vandalism and neglect. We are fortunate that several of our lighthouses in the Midcoast have been preserved as museums. A creative new plan organized by the Island Institute, a non-profit organization located in Rockland, will transfer ownership of a number of Maine lighthouses from the federal government to their own local communities or non-profit groups, which will be responsible for preserving and maintaining them. Entitled the “Maine Lights Program,” the plan is now being carried out.

Rockland Breakwater Light – 1888/1902
Access from Samoset Rd. off Waldo Ave.

Owls Head Light – 1825
From Route 73, take North Shore Dr. to Owls Head, then follow the signs to Lighthouse Park.

Marshall Point Light – 1832/1858
Access from Marshall Point Rd., off Route 131 South in Port Clyde.

Maine Lighthouse Museum
If you are interested in lighthouses and their histories, the Maine Lighthouse Museum on One Park Drive in Rockland is a must visit.

Other area lighthouses include:
Franklin Island in Friendship; Isle Au Haut; Matinicus Rock; Tenants Harbor; Two Bush Island and

Whitehead Island in St. George and Brown’s Head (private residence); Heron Neck and Saddleback Ledge in Vinalhaven; Indian Island, Rockport; Curtis Island, Camden; and Grindle Point, Islesboro

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