Boothbay Harbor lighthouses are beloved symbols of Maine’s coastal communities. Although many have been decommissioned, these monuments to the early days of the Boothbay Harbor community continue to stand tall. Their stories, like the stories of the lightkeepers, great ships, and raging tempests of the Atlantic, are woven into the history and culture of Boothbay Harbor. History buffs and maritime enthusiasts will enjoy visiting these three longstanding lighthouses, as will the visitor who enjoys simple days on the shore. Make these picturesque attractions a part of your next visit to Boothbay Harbor!
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3 Boothbay Harbor Lighthouses You Need to See
Burnt Island Light
This 20-foot rubblestone tower with wrought iron lantern was among the first Boothbay Harbor lighthouses. It became active in November of 1821, almost 200 years ago. Over the last two centuries, the Burnt Island Light has developed a rich legacy. Its legend is peppered with stories of sea serpents and ghost tales, in addition to the stories of the dedicated men and families that kept the light burning.
Pemaquid Point Light
The Pemaquid Point Light is located in Bristol, Maine, not far from Boothbay Harbor. Situated on an intriguing mass of rock formations that reach out into the water, this lighthouse is a popular point of attraction for visitors. (It receives about 100,000 every year.) The Pemaquid Point Light went into service in 1827. Today, the structure that was once the keeper’s house is the site of the Fisherman’s Museum, which is committed to preserving information about the fishing industry in the bristol area.
Monhegan Island Light
Monhegan Island is located about 10 miles off the coast. The island has been enjoyed by many groups of people over the years. It is suspected that it may even have been visited by Vikings around 1,000 AD, which would explain the strange carvings on the rocks of neighboring Manana Island. Europeans settled here in 1619, but this Boothbay Harbor lighthouse wasn’t erected until 1824. Due to storm damage, the Monhegan Island Light was rebuilt in 1850 and still stands today. (Given the light’s location off the coast, you can join a special excursion to view this lighthouse up close.)
Relax at Newagen Seaside Inn
When you’ve had a day of exploring these Boothbay Harbor lighthouses and other attractions, come back to Newagen Seaside Inn to relax. Our location is the perfect place to find peace of mind away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Enjoy a serene walk around gorgeous grounds, or just sit and take in the scenery. Indulge in excellent coastal dining at our restaurant before retiring to your comfortable, elegant room for the night. Contact us today. We look forward to helping you plan your next trip to coastal Maine.