Pemaquid Point Light
The first lighthouse structure at
Pemaquid Point was built, like many other Maine lighthouses, during the
Presidency of John Quincy Adams. Back in 1827 when it was constructed it
cost $2,800 but I guess the old phrase "you get what you pay for" is
true as it quickly detioriated and had to be rebuilt in 1835. The actual
tower is only 38 feet tall but because it was built on a rocky ledge it has a 79
foot focal plane. The actual light is a "fourth order fresnel"
that flashes white every 6 seconds and is visible up to 14 miles from shore. The
light was automated in 1934. The ground's and the lighthouse keeper's cottage
are now owned and managed by the town of Bristol, Maine. The town maintains the
Fishermen's Museum in the keeper's cottage. The grounds are beautiful and
well worth the visit. The picket fence that surrounds the light and
cottage is just stunning and oh so quaint. There is also an art gallery at
the park, and the scenery is quintessential Maine coast with tidal pools, unique
rock formations and an atmosphere that will get into your soul forever.
The lighthouse has been the subject of many paintings and professional
photos. Numerous ones are shown below and available for your purchase.
Volunteers from the
"Friends of Pemaquid Pont Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse
Foundation, manage the tower. It is open daily from 1 PM to 5PM, Memorial
Day to Columbus Day. There is no charge to climb the tower.
- The museum and parking lot are open 7
days a week during the summer for a small fee.
The Fishermen's Museum
Pemaquid Point Road
New Harbor, Maine 04554
There is a one bedroom
apartment that is available for rent by the week. For information on rental click
Pemaquid Point Light is
another of Maine's Lighthouses that is easily accessible by car. From US
Route 1 in Damariscotta, take ME 130 south to Bristol (about 14.5 miles). The
route leads to the parking lot (small fee) at Pemaquid Point.
Card available from Lighthouse Depot click here or on image to purchase
delightful collectible sculpture can be purchased through our affiliate,
Lighthouse Depot, click here or on image.
available from Lighthouse Depot click here or on image to purchase