5 Southern Maine Lighthouses You Shouldn't Miss

Portland Breakwater Light

Built in 1855, the lighthouse was originally wooden. It was later renovated with cast iron to reinforce the structure. Fully restored in 1989, the lighthouse was activated again in 2002. While small, it packs some really neat architectural styling with Corinthian columns and ornate details. 

Cape Neddick Light

Cape Neddick Light, known to locals as Nubble Light, is located directly off the shores of York. The lighthouse stands 41 feet high on its own pristine island. The tower was built in 1879 and has been well-kept through the years. 

Whaleback Lighthouse

Located at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, Whaleback Lighthouse can be seen from many locations from Kittery Maine to Rye New Hampshire. The lighthouse was built in 1830 but was soon found to be poorly built and fell into disrepair. 

Wood Island Lighthouse

Accessible only by boat, Wood Island Lighthouse stands 47 feet tall and is built of stone. This tower was constructed in 1808 and then again in 1839, and it includes a keeper’s house, an oil house, and a storage building. Views of the lighthouse can be seen from the East Point Audubon Sanctuary’s trails. 

Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse

Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse is a rugged, weathered light tower located in Casco Bay not far from the Portland shoreline. This lighthouse is 90 feet in height and was constructed in 1905. It features two white flashes every six seconds. 

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