One aspect of coastal Maine that always amazes visitors is the array of stunning lighthouses that dot the horizon. These historic structures are important parts of the Midcoast’s rich maritime culture. They vary in shape, purpose, and size, but they all offer intriguing glimpses into the area’s past. There are many lighthouses to explore, and Cuckolds Lighthouse is one of the best!
Make plans to see the Cuckolds Lighthouse in Boothbay Harbor, then enjoy the countless other activities Midcoast Maine has to offer! Planning a trip to this charming coastal area doesn’t have to be stressful. Our free Southport Vacation Guide lists all of the best restaurants, shops, and seasonal events in the region. Simply request access and we’ll send a complete list of our favorite attractions!
Everything You Need to Know About the Cuckolds Lighthouse in Boothbay Harbor
Cuckolds Lighthouse History
The Cuckolds Lighthouse is located on a pair of small islands off the southern tip of Cape Newagen. The Cuckolds Lighthouse story begins in the 19th and 20th centuries when Boothbay Harbor was a bustling fishing port. In 1892, $25,000 was used to build a signal station and lightkeeper’s house to ensure safe travel on Boothbay Harbor’s foggy waters. To protect the buildings from storm damage, a granite pier was constructed on the islands to support the newly constructed fog signal station.
The station received a light tower in 1907, which projected a signal for up to 13 miles! It became known as the welcoming “Front Porch Light” of the Boothbay Harbor region. Today, the structure remains a popular attraction for those interested in Maine’s maritime background. Plan to visit between May and October for a nautical experience you won’t soon forget!
Other Lighthouses to Visit
Burnt Island Lighthouse
The Burnt Island Light is one of the most popular public lighthouses in Maine. Located just a mile off the coast, this lighthouse is most visible by boat. Visitors can embark on a 15-minute boat tour with Balmy Days Cruises for $25 per person ($15 for kids two and up), or navigate out using their own vessel.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Commissioned by President John Quincy Adams in 1827, the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse boasts a unique and historic background! Admission is only $2 per person and allows for plenty of memorable photo opportunities.
Book a Stay at Nearby Newagen Seaside Inn!
Newagen Seaside Inn, one of the best places to stay in Southport, Maine, is just a few minutes away from Cuckolds Lighthouse in Boothbay Harbor! Our stunning, historic property offers unparalleled views of Cape Newagen. Every accommodation is comfortably furnished, spacious, and decorated in hues of sand and sea. Staying in one of our private cottages or elegant guest rooms offers a perfect opportunity to attend local events like a traditional Maine lobster bake or fireside evening of entertainment. The inn also offers easy access to activities like hiking and visiting art galleries! There’s no better place to stay for visitors who want a complete, local experience in Midcoast Maine.
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