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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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Jeremy D'Entremont
Location: Portland Harbor / Casco Bay
Nearest town: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
43 37 24 N
70 12 30 W
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Accessibility: There is free parking near the lighthouse. The lighthouse tower is not open to the public, but there is a museum in the keeper's house. For directions and hours visit the website of The Museum at Portland Head Light
Station established: 1791; Present lighthouse built: 1791; Automated: 1989
Construction materials: Stone with brick lining
Height of tower: 80 feet; Height of focal plane: 101 feet
 Earlier optic: Fourth-order Fresnel (1855); Second-order Fresnel (1864); Fourth-order Fresnel (1883); Second-order Fresnel (1885); Present optic: DCB-224
Characteristic: Flashing white every four seconds.
Fog signal: One blast every 15 seconds (below).


Other buildings still standing: 1891 keeper's house, 1975 reconstructed fog signal building, 1891 oil house, garage
Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Museum in the keeper's house maintained by:
The Museum at Portland Head Light
1000 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107
(207) 799-2661
Related sites
Portland Press Herald
Maine.info: Resources for Maine Travel & Living
Portland, Maine Resource Guide
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