Open Lighthouse Day marks 10 years Sept. 8

Aug 30, 2018
Whitehead Lighthouse, located in Muscle Ridge Channel, is only accessible by boat. It is open to the public, along with nearly two dozen other Maine lighthouses, Sept. 9.

Open Lighthouse Day returns Sept. 8, with 23 lighthouses open to the public at no charge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (special hours at some facilities). Sponsored by the Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, the event draws between 15,000 and 18,000 visitors annually

Participating lighthouses in Knox and Waldo counties include:

Curtis Island, Camden

Visitors must find their own transportation to this offshore facility. Kayak tours may be available from Camden harbor.

Fort Point, Stockton Springs

An active Coast Guard aid to navigation, the lighthouse contains a fourth-order Fresnel lens.

Grindle Point, Islesboro

Transportation is available by Maine State Ferry to Islesboro. The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation.

Marshall Point, Port Clyde

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. It also has a museum and gift shop.

Monhegan Island, Monhegan

Speical hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transportation is available via Monhegan Boat Lines (Port Clyde), Hardy Boat Cruises (New Harbor) and Balmy Days Cruises (Boothbay Harbor). Keeper's house contains a museum; also, special art exhibit in assistant keeper's house.

Owls Head, Owls Head

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a fourth-order Fresnel lens. Book signing by children's author Angeli Perrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by Connie and Peter Roop from 1 to 4 p.m.

Whitehead Lighthouse, Muscle Ridge Channel, Penobscot Bay

Special hours, noon to 2:30 p.m. Complimentary boat transportation available by reservation. RSVP with arrival time, number of adults & children (12 & under) or by calling 200-7957. Driving directions to pickup location will be given upon registration. An active Coast Guard aid to navigation. Light town, keeper's house, whistle house and grounds open to public. Owned and maintained by the nonprofit Pine Island Camp.

Maine Lighthouse Museum, 1 Park Drive, Rockland

The museum lays claim to the largest collection of Fresnel lenses on display in the nation. Other exhibits pay tribute to the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the Coast Guard, as well as the United States Life-Saving Service. For more information, visit or call 594-3301.

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