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Portland Head Light

Historic Coast Guard photo of Portland Head Light

Historic Coast Guard photo of Portland Head Light

Courtesy USCG Historian's Office

Historic Coast Guard photo of Portland Head Light taken prior to 1891

Historic Coast Guard photo of Portland Head Light taken prior to 1891

Courtesy USCG Historian's Office

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Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light was built in 1791. Commissioned by George Washington and dedicated by the Marquis de Lafayette, it is the state's oldest lighthouse. Portland Head has a white conical tower and a Victorian keeper's house with a red roof and eyebrow eves on the porch. You can visit the museum in the former keeper's house, which sits in Fort Williams Park, off Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth. Many Casco Bay boat tours pass this light. You can also take a bus tour to the lighthouse. The tower is only open in September on Open Lighthouse Day, when access is very limited.

Interested in Maine Lighthouses? Check out Two Lighthouses: Portland Head Light and Spring Point Ledge.

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