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Portland Head Light

Updated on January 12, 2015

Portland Head Light

Portland Head Lighthouse is located on the shore of Cape Elizabeth, Maine at the opening of the Portland Harbor. The lighthouse was completed and first lit in 1791 after four years of building and is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. The most current keeper's house was built in 1891.

There is a museum in the keeper's house, however visits to the lighthouse itself are limited. In 1989 the lighthouse was fully automated. The view of the lighthouse and keeper's house is beautiful and well worth the visit.

Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons

Beautiful View

Beautiful View
Beautiful View

Dedication Plaque

Dedication Plaque
Dedication Plaque

Portland Light's Rocky Coast

Portland Light's Rocky Coast
Portland Light's Rocky Coast

Portland Head Light Museum

Portland Head Light Museum
Portland Head Light Museum

The Portland Head Lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse in New England

Portland Head Light Close-up

Portland Head Light Close-up
Portland Head Light Close-up

Henry Wadsworth

Longfellow often

visited the

Portland Head Light

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Plaque

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Plaque
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Plaque

Am Except from "The Lighthouse"

"The rocky ledge runs far out

into the sea

And on its outer point, some

miles away,

The lighthouse lifts its massive

masonry,

A pillar of fire by night, of cloud"

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,

from "The Lighthouse"

Supreme

Supreme
Supreme

Sunrise

Sunrise
Sunrise

Much Needed Light, Foggy Night

Much Needed Light, Foggy Night
Much Needed Light, Foggy Night

Lighthouse Poll

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Portland Head Light Jigsaw Puzzles

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    • Diane Cass profile image

      Diane Cass 2 years ago from New York

      I love lighthouses. I love Maine. Would like to go back again.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      It is a very handsome lighthouse.

    • shellys-space profile image

      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I would love to see the Portland lighthouse in person!

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      They even have jigsaw puzzles for it! It should look beautiful on the wall once completed.