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Matinicus Rock Light Station

Address:

1 Park Drive P.O. Box F Rockland, ME US 04841

Phone:

207-594-3301

Historic Coast Guard photo of the Matinicus Rock Light Station

Historic Coast Guard photo of the Matinicus Rock Light Station

Photo Credit: Courtesy USCG Historian's Office

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Fives miles east of Matinicus Island, this remote station was established in 1827. It sits on a 32-acre, windswept rock and was home to the most famous teenager in Maine lighthouse history. Here, 17-year-old Abbie Burgess, who lived with her family in the keeper's house, sought refuge in the light tower after a storm swept away that house and almost everything else. This girl took care of her three sisters and ailing mother and kept the light burning for a month before help arrived in form of her father, who had been on the mainland buying provisions when the storm hit. Access to the island is limited, but the light can be seen via boat cruise.