The U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Maine and the American Lighthouse Foundation are pleased to announce the fourth annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day on September 15th. An increasingly popular event, it’s the largest effort of its kind in the nation.
Maine treasures its 68 lighthouses, 18 of which are within a 40 mile radius of Camden, Maine. The Midcoast region of Maine is comprised of hundreds of peninsulas and many miles of jagged coastline that became both beautiful and dangerous for navigation. Maine lighthouses served as both beacons of hope and warning for wayward mariners.
While many of Midcoast Maine’s 18 lighthouses are only accessible by boat, four distinctly different lighthouses (Rockland, Owls Head, Marshall Point & Pemaquid Point) are within easy driving distance of the Inn. In Rockland’s north end, you can walk the 7/8th-mile-long breakwater to the Rockland Breakwater Light. A short drive south of Rockland will bring you to Owls Head Light in Owls Head Light State Park where there’s a convenient parking area near the lighthouse.
Further down the St. George peninsula you’ll come to Marshall Point Lighthouse with its small museum and gift shop. Along the way you may want to stop at the Art of the Sea Gallery to view an extensive display of nautical art and artifacts. Stop at any of the several quintessential Maine Lobster “shacks” right on the edge of the water. You know the lobster will be fresh.
From Marshall Point, detour through the village of Port Clyde where there are several shops and galleries worth a visit. This is also the port for one of the boats making trips to Monhegan.
Pemaquid Point is a short ride further south. This is one of the most photographed lighthouses along the coast and has a spectacular setting. If it looks familiar, perhaps you’ve seen it on the Maine quarter. You can travel through picturesque Damariscotta before traveling back to Rockland.
Click on the map above or any of the lighthouses below for more information and the locations of all of Midcoast Maine’s lighthouses:
Browns Head Lighthouse
Curtis Island Lighthouse
Goose Rocks Light
Grindle Point Lighthouse
Heron Neck Light
Indian Island Lighthouse
Isle au Haut Light
Marshall Point Lighthouse
Matinicus Rock Light
Monhegan Island Light
Owls Head Light
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Rockland Breakwater Light
Rockland Harbor Southwest Light
Saddleback Ledge Light
Tenants Harbor Light
Two Bush Island Light
With our central location, you can make the Captain Lindsey House Inn your headquarters for immersion into the unique Maine experience. Unpack your bags, put away your stress, don comfortable clothes (there is little formality in Maine) and revel in the beauty and the peacefulness that has inspired artists, writers and poets for generations. There are few things Mainers enjoy more than sharing our maritime history. This fascinating event only comes around once every year. We hope we’ll see you soon.