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Maine is famous for its lighthouses. There is a lighthouse cruise sponsored by the Belfast Bay Cruises and also the Old Quarry Guide service in Stonington. Traveling further on the coast, we can provide more details.
The United States Lighthouse Society is a non-profit historical and educational organization incorporated to educate, inform, and entertain those who are interested in lighthouses, past and present.
Each year the American Lighthouse Foundation offers the Mid-Coast Maine Lighthouse Challenge. This is a unique opportunity to visit 7 lighthouses in the midcoast Maine region. This event takes place near the end of June each year.
The Unites States Lighthouse Society sells Lighthouse Passports on their website which provide pages for official lighthouse stamps, verifying that you've visited a particular lighthouse. Each participating lighthouse has only one official stamp, custom designed by the USLHS. There are souvenirs available once you have completed a Passport booklet. Please visit the USLHS site for full details on this program.
Built in 1828, the Dyce Head lighthouse was designed to help guide ships on the Penobscot river. It was in continuous usage until 1935 and has been restored in 1997. Now owned by the town of Castine it is a destination to be seen for all visitors to Castine, Maine. Dyce Head Lighthouse is just a short waterfront stroll from the Pentagoet Inn and is part of the United States Lighthouse Society's tour.
Situated off Condon Point in Little Deer Isle, Maine, the Pumkpin Island Lighthouse sits on a small island of less than two acres. The lighthouse was built in 1854 to guide ships through Eggemoggin Reach. In use until 1933 the lighthouse was one of the first in Maine to use a Fresnel lens which was seen for up to 9 nautical miles.
Owls Head Light was built in 1825, on the south side of Rockland Harbor. Even though the tower was only twenty-six-feet-tall, its light could be seen for sixteen miles due to its elevated location.
In 2007, the Coast Guard leased the tower to the American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF). During the summer of 2010, ALF restored it to its original 1852 appearance. Owls Head is a great place to visit and enjoy the view of surrounding islands. From the lighthouse you can see Camden, Islesboro and North Haven.
The Bass Harbor Lighthouse, situated on Acadia National Park land, stands 56 feet above mean high water and is accessible by car off of State Route 102A. The panoramic ocean view from the lighthouse is a recommended day trip from the Pentagoet Inn.