LocumVentures: The Lighthouses of Maine

There are reportedly 65 lighthouses in Maine that have stood for the last 2 centuries spanning the 3,500 miles of coastline. The history behind each is fascinating and many still function in full capacity today; albeit, possibly with updated technology. Some have been turned into or had the addition of gift shops and some are still lived in to this day. While a fair number are reachable only by boat, many others are relatively easily accessible by vehicle. In my relatively short time in Maine, I only ventured to a handful but they’re some of the most highly acclaimed and if I could do it all over again, they’re still my top pics! Some are re-featured from other posts, but I felt a lighthouse dedicated post was necessary after a year in Maine. There’s not a whole lot to say about them, because i’m not a huge historian, but definitely worth looking into if you are!

From The Ones I Visited
Best View: Bass Harbor Head Light Station
Most Relaxing: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Most Famous: Marshall Point Lighthouse (Featured in Forrest Gump)
Creepiest: Squirrel Point Light
Best Walk:
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
Oldest: The Portland Head Light

Nomenclature is a Thing:
Light(house) = Tower itself with the lantern room
Light Station = Property containing multiple outbuildings (eg: separate living quarters) as well as lighthouse tower itself
Stag Lights = Lights with no families (usually offshore)
Head(land) = A type or promontory, coastal landform, with a high point of land and usually with a sheer drop into a body of water. A large one is called a cape. They’re super cool for the high, breaking waves, unique rock formations from erosion and steep cliffs with gorgeous views.

1. Cape Neddick (Nubble) Light (York, ME) – Opened 1879

Easy to get to, located next to a Lobster restaurant, but you can’t get up close to the lighthouse.

2. Portland Head Light (Portland, ME) – Opened 1791

Located in Fort Williams Park, it’s also next to Bite Into Maine, famous for their lobster rolls.

7. Marshall Point Lighthouse (Port Clyde, ME) – Opened 1832

The claim to fame of this place is Forrest Gump. I definitely coupled it into my trip to Monhegan and there’s a great lobster pound here, Port Clyde Co-Op (Ask for Spinner).

14. Cape Elizabeth Light (a.k.a. Two Lights) (Cape Elizabeth, ME) – Opened 1828

I didn’t end up doing an individual post on my adventure here, but highly recommend a visit to Two Lights State Park and lunch at The Lobster Shack at Two Light

See my post on the best lobsters in Maine here: https://thenomadicpediatrician.com/2022/11/01/locum-life-the-summer-of-30-lobsters/

15. Wood Island Lighthouse (Biddeford, ME) – Opened 1806

Hidden in Biddeford, if you explore the East Point Audubon Sanctuary you can not only go on a fantastic oceanside hike, but can see the lighthouse, there’s also benches for picnics. Highly recommend for a date spot.

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