Brown's Head Light
Brown's Head Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1832
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1857
Year Automated: 1987
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
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.
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The lighthouse is closed to the public but the grounds are publicly accessible.
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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