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Portland Head Light

Fort Williams State Park
Portland, Maine

One of the most photgraphed lighthouses in the nation, Portland Head Light rises 80 feet from the ground, but is 101 feet above the water. It is constructed of rubblestone.

Originally commissioned by George Washington in 1787, it was completed in 1790 and first lighted in January of 1791. The second-order Fresnel lens was replaced with electric airway beacons in 1958, and is visible for 16 miles.

The attached keeper's quarters now houses a visitor's museum, where the original lens is on display.

It is believed that Portland Head Light provided the inspiration for Portland native Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Lighthouse."

Directions: From Interstate 295, take Highway 77 south to Broadway. Go east for 0.2 miles and make a right onto Cottage Road, which becomes Shore Road. The lighthouse is located in Fort Williams State Park.

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References

Lighthousefriends.com
American Lighthouse Foundation
Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum Association

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