Owls Head Light and the American Lighthouse Foundation Educational Center
Address: 186 Lighthouse Road, Owls Head, ME 04854
Latitude/Longitude: 44.092145, -69.044116
Web site: click here
Phone: (207) 594-4174
The American Lighthouse Foundation visitor center, interpretive center and gift shop is newly located in the old light keeper’s house on the property of the Owls Head State Park and Lighthouse. The mission of the American Lighthouse Foundation is to save and preserve our nation’s lighthouses for generations to come by preserving the structures and helping to keep them open to visitors to explore. To date they are “keepers” of over 23 lighthouses in the country of which 11 are in Maine and 2 specifically watch over Rockland Harbor -Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and the Owls Head Light House.
This specific center recounts the history of the Owls Head Light and the stories of storms and keepers of the light, both the human and their dogs, through interpretive panels throughout the house. One of the volunteers at the center actually grew up on the property. Although not promoted at the Center, the tower is rumored to be the most haunted lighthouse in Maine!
The visitor center and gift shop are open June through Columbus Day, Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm; and Mondays and Tuesdays by chance. The center is open year round but with limited hours mostly on weekends. It is best to call ahead in the quieter time of year for hours. You can climb to the outside of the tower every day year round.
From the Author: Historical Fact: The lighthouse was built in 1825 to protect the south entrance to Rockland Harbor at a cost of about $2,700. The tower itself is only about 30 feet tall but with its position on the rock crest it can be seen for over 16 miles. The lighthouse is reported to be haunted by a light keeper and his dog.
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