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Maine Set to Host United States’ Largest Open Lighthouse Day



Marshall Point Light

MAINE — They are made of brick, wood, cast iron and stone. They stand on rock islands, atop 50-foot cliffs and along urban water­fronts. And they have nick­names like Two Lights and the Candy Cane.

For more than 200 years, Maine’s coastal light­houses have helped safely guide ocean mariners, while becom­ing well known local attrac­tions for their unique archi­tec­ture and scenic van­tage points. On Saturday, September 12, vis­i­tors will have the chance to explore the state’s iconic land­marks up-close dur­ing the first-ever Maine Open Lighthouse Day.

The event, coor­di­nated by the United States Coast Guard, Maine Office of Tourism, and the American Lighthouse Foundation, will allow 52 of Maine’s light­houses to be open to the pub­lic from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will be the largest event of its kind to take place in the United States.

Remote island light sta­tions like Matinicus Rock, Boon Island, Franklin Island and Egg Rock, nor­mally viewed from land or by boat, will be opened by Coast Guard per­son­nel. People will also see more of easy-to-reach lights like Portland Head Light, Dice Head Light in Castine, and West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec.

Lighthouse com­mu­ni­ties will cel­e­brate their local mar­itime her­itage and rec­og­nize for­mer light­house keep­ers with spe­cial events on Open Lighthouse Day. Stories and tales will be told includ­ing those of haunt­ings at lights like Wood Island in Biddeford Pool, Hendricks Head in West Southport, and Owls Head.

Historic light­house arti­facts, memen­tos and sto­ries from light­house keep­ers and their fam­i­lies, and the his­tory of local mar­itime indus­tries will be on dis­play at muse­ums and vis­i­tor cen­ters on the grounds of Pemaquid Point, Marshall Point, Grindle Point, and other lighthouses.

Beginning 52 days prior to Open Lighthouse Day, one light per day will be fea­tured on the event Web site www.lighthouseday.com. Information on the lights opened to the pub­lic will be avail­able on the Web site.

For more infor­ma­tion about Maine Open Lighthouse Day visit www.lighthouseday.com.
To learn more about events and activ­i­ties hap­pen­ing in Maine this sum­mer and fall, log on to www.visitmaine.com.


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