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From journal Portland, Maine, Weekend
June 9, 2004
From journal A Summary of What Was Maine
by Mary Dickinson
May 13, 2003
Once we crossed the bridge from Portland we followed the signs to the lighthouse. When we arrived at Fort Williams we saw on the sign the Portland Head Lighthouse was inside the fort. Hesitantly we turned into the fort but knew we had not intruded on the US Military when there were no guards, fences or restrictions. The fort was built in the post Revolutionary War era and is now a beautiful park along the oceanfront. Soon we could see the looming lighthouse tower in the distance and we just followed the road in that direction.
The Portland Head Lighthouse is one of the most picturesque in the country with its Victorian keeper's house and outbuildings. Red roofs add to the dramatic ensemble. It is easy to understand why this remote edifice has captured the imagination of artists, poets, writers and photographers to the sense of danger, hardship and isolation. Perched high on a rocky peninsula jutting out into the water the eighty foot cylindrical field stone tower has proudly guided the weary mariner since 1790.
The museum is open on week days in the summer but only weekends the rest of the year and is $2 for adults and $1 for children. The fort area is free admission. Important information about lighthouses is available in the museum, formerly the lighthouse keeper's dwelling. A second order Fresnel lens is on desplay. We were allowed to go into the foghorn house but not up into the tower and enjoyed hiking around the area being so close to the sea.
Shopping for gifts and souveniers in one of the outbuildings that serves as a gift shop enabled us to bring home something to remember our day here.
From journal Lighthouses on the Coast of Maine
Marina del Rey, California
July 21, 2001
After leaving here, you will of course want to see the Two Lights Lighthouse. To get there, leave the park, and go left on Shore Road for about three miles. Go left on Highway 77, pass through the "downtown" of Cape Elizabeth, and after a couple of miles, go left at the sign for Two Lights State Park. Drive for a few miles, and do not enter the park. Instead , bear to the left at a fork, and go to the end of the road. And there it is. You can see another inactive lighthouse as well (hence, "two lights").
There are some really cool rocks that jut out into the water here, and you can walk on out there. There is also an excellent restaurant here, but I was too early for that. Once you leave, you will want to see the lighthouses of South Portland, so go back out the way you came in, and read the next journal.
From journal Lobsters, Lighthouses, and Lager