Maine Celebrates Lighthouse Day

South Portland's Bug Light. Photo by ##http://www.joedevenney.com/## Joe Devenney##

Maine’s lighthouses will get their day to shine on September 18 as the state celebrates Maine Lighthouse Day. Twenty five lighthouses will be open for public tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including some that are not usually open to the public.

It’s the second-straight year the U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Maine and the American Lighthouse Foundation have joined to put on Maine Lighthouse Day, which is designed to increase awareness of the state’s maritime heritage and the history of lighthouses and lighthouse keepers.

Known as the “Lighthouse State”, Maine had at least 70 lighthouses by the turn of the 20th Century. Today, 65 still stand. And Maine has more coastal lighthouses than any state in the country.

Among the lights that will be open for Lighthouse Day is Maine’s oldest light, Portland Head Light, which was built in 1791, was commissioned by George Washington and was dedicated by the Marquis de Lafayette. Also open will be Seguin Island Light – built in 1795, it was Maine’s first offshore light – and Goat Island Light, which was built in 1833 and was one of the last stations to be unmanned. Goat Island Light is not usually open to the public.

For more information – including info on water transportation to offshore lights – visit Open Lighthouse Day.

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