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Maine's rocky coastline is host to more than 60 lighthouses that once guided ships along Maine's coast to safety. The most famous of these is the Portland Head Light, built from 1787-1790, it is Maine's oldest lighthouse. Perched at the edge of scenic Fort Williams Park, just outside of Portland, it is one of Maine's most popular tourist destinations. Its Victorian keeper's cottage was converted into a museum where visitors may view models, paintings and memorabilia from its evolution from hand-lit sentinel to fully-automated beacon. Walking trails line the dramatic coastline around it, offering a perfect spot for viewing the yachts and fishing boats in Portland's busy harbor. (Photograph courtesy of New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide )
Portland's busy harbor is also home of Spring Point Ledge, Portland Breakwater and Ram Island Ledge lighthouses.
In Maine's Southern region located in York County is Cape Neddick Lighthouse ("Nubble") built in 1879. This lighthouse has a 41-foot white cast-iron conical (cone-shaped) tower. It is located on the summit of Cape Neddick Bubble, a small offshore rocky islet, off Route 1A, York. (Photograph courtesy of New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide.)
These are just a few of the more famous lighthouses in Maine covering different regions of Maine's eastern coast, please be sure to visit http://travel.mainetoday.com/todo/attractions/lighthouseslist.shtml for a more complete listing and locations of all of Maine's treasured lighthouses.
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