Lighthouses were once the saviors of the seacoast. Their beacons and foghorns cut through bad weather, guiding ships through danger and back to shore. Today Maine lighthouses still have their distinctive structures and carry the romance and drama of their pasts. More than 60 lighthouses dot the Maine coast still today.
Cape Neddick “The Nubble” is Maine picturesque and often-photographed lighthouse. This lighthouse easily viewed from Sohier Park in York Beach, about 200 yards away. Cape Neddick “The Nubble” Lighthouse was built in 1879.
Portland Head has a white conical tower, a Victorian keeper’s house with a red roof and is set at the southwest entrance to Portland harbor. Commissioned by George Washington it is the state’s oldest lighthouse Portland Head Lighthouse was built in 1791.
Goat Island Lighthouse, built to help mariners find their way to sheltered Cape Porpoise Harbor, It’s now leased to the Kennebunk Conservation Trust, which is restoring it. The station is not open to the public, but the Trust sometimes gives tours by special appointment. Goat Island Light Station was built in 1833.
Boon Island, about six miles off the coast of York, is often submerged by storms and the light has been rebuilt several times. Today it rises 137 feet, making it Maine’s tallest lighthouse. It is not open to the public but can be seen from Sohier Park, off Nubble Road, in York Beach. Boon Island Lighthouse was built in 1811.