Man Seeks to Restore Halfway Rock Lighthouse off Harpswell

Halfway Rock Lighthouse / Wikipedia Photo

Portland Press Herald: History records how one of the earliest keepers at Halfway Rock Lighthouse was driven nearly insane by the isolation of living on a 2-acre rock ledge, more than 4 miles off the tip of Harpswell, ME. He refused to speak to his assistant for up to 10 days at a time and after being deemed a safety risk, was forced to resign his duties. That was in 1883.

Stories like this resonate with Ford Reiche, who bought Casco Bay’s most remote lighthouse at government auction in 2014.

“You can’t be here and not imagine what it was like,” he said last week, standing outside on the gallery, the railed balcony ringing the 76-foot-high granite tower.

Read more about the man who owns Halfway Rock Light and seeks to restore it.