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Twenty-nine lighthouses on display this weekend

Brian Swartz | BDN
Brian Swartz | BDN
The tower at Whitehead Island Lighthouse in St. George will be open to visitors during the Fourth Annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day on Saturday, Sept. 15.
By Brian Swartz, Of The Weekly Staff

Learn more about Maine’s iconic coastal images as the Fourth Annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Sponsored by the American Lighthouse Foundation, the Coast Guard, and the Maine Office of Tourism, the event will feature 22 lighthouses stretching from Wood Island at Biddeford Pool to West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec. Most lighthouses will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visitors must provide their own transportation to these lighthouses; some are located offshore.

The lighthouses that will be open on Sept. 15 are:

• Browns Head Lighthouse, Vinalhaven (offshore);

• Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse, Swans Island (offshore);

• Burnt Island Lighthouse, Boothbay Harbor (offshore);

• Curtis Island Lighthouse, Camden Harbor (offshore);

• Doubling Point Lighthouse, Arrowsic;

• Dyce Head Lighthouse, Castine;

• Fort Point Lighthouse, Cape Jellison near Stockton Springs;

• Grindle Point Lighthouse, Islesboro (offshore);

• Kennebec River Range Lights, two small towers located in Arrowsic just downriver from Doubling Point Lighthouse;

• Little River Lighthouse, Cutler Harbor (offshore), open 12 noon-3 p.m.;

• Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde;

• Monhegan Island Lighthouse, Monhegan Island (offshore), open 11 a..m-4 p.m.;

• Owls Head Lighthouse, Owls Head;

• Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol;

• Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (Bug Light), South Portland;

• Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth;

• Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland;

• Seguin Island Lighthouse, off Popham Beach (offshore), open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.;

• Spring Point Lighthouse, South Portland;

• West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Lubec;

• Whitehead Island Lighthouse, St. George;

• Wood Island Lighthouse, Biddeford Pool (offshore).

For more information about the Fourth Annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day, log onto www.lighthouseday.com, which provides specific information about each participating site, including visitor hours and available transportation.

Additional lighthouses can be viewed during the Fourth Annual Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail Weekend, which will take place Sept. 14-16. Although eight lighthouses are included in the event, Browns Head Lighthouse on Vinalhaven overlaps with the Fourth Annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day.

The remaining seven lighthouses to be seen during the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail Weekend are:

• Eagle Island Lighthouse, located in East Penobscot Bay;

• Goose Rocks Lighthouse, which guards the eastern entrance of the Fox Islands Thorofare between North Haven and Vinalhaven;

• Heron Neck Lighthouse, located off Vinalhaven;

• Isle au Haut Lighthouse on Isle au Haut;

• Mark Island Lighthouse, at the western entrance of the Deer Island Thorofare;

• Pumpkin Island Lighthouse, a deactivated and privately owned lighthouse at the western entrance to Eggemoggin Reach;

• Saddleback Ledge Lighthouse between Isle au Haut and Vinalhaven.

Except for Pumpkin Island Lighthouse, these lighthouses are best viewed from the water; boat tours will be offered Sept. 14-16 to take visitors “out” to these sentinels of the sea. Visitors can photograph Pumpkin Island Lighthouse from the end of the Eggemoggin Road on Little Deer Isle; on a sunny day, this lighthouse is best photographed in the morning.

For more information about the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail Weekend and the available tours, log onto www.deerisle.com/the-deer-isle-lighthouse-trail.

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