Brown's Head Light
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Brown's Head Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1832

Is the Light operational? Yes

Year Light First Lit: 1857

Year Automated: 1987

Shape: Cylindrical

Tower Height: 20   ft.

Original Optic: 5th Order, Fresnel

Present Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel

Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
     Year Constructed: 1857
      Number of Stories: 1.5
      Architectural Style: Cottage
      Construction Materials: Wood

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Brown's Head Lighthouse
Vinalhaven Island, ME

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Last Visited: July, 2000

This 20 foot tall white cylindrical brick tower is connected to the 1-1/2 story wooden, cottage style keeper's dwelling by a short enclosed passageway. Located in Penobscot Bay on the northwest point of Vinalhaven Island, it marks the western entrance to the Fox Islands Thorofare. This light originally housed a fifth-order Fresnel lens which was replaced by a fourth-order Fresnel in 1902. It was among the last of the Maine lighthouses to be automated, and is still active today.

Source: Internet Public Library

The lighthouse is closed to the public but the grounds are publicly accessible.

Latitude/Longitude: 44.112163,-68.908635

Nearest Address: Browns Head Light Rd, Vinalhaven, ME

  • Take the ferry from Rockland over to Vinalhaven.
  • Once you leave the ferry landing parking lot in Vinalhaven, take a left onto Sands Road.
  • Follow Sands Road to the end (about .4 miles) and take a right onto Dog Town Road.
  • Dog Town Road becomes NorthHaven Road. Stay on NorthHaven Road for about 6.6 miles.
  • Keep an eye on the mileage, there aren't many street signs. Take a sharp left onto Tip Toe Mountain Rd.
  • Take a right onto the SECOND dirt road, Brown's Head Light Road.
  • You'll pass a small cemetary on the right. There's a parking area at the lighthouse.

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