Fort Point Light
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Fort Point Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1837

Is the Light operational? Yes

Year Light First Lit: 1857

Year Automated: 1988

Shape: Square

Tower Height: 31   ft.

Original Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel

Present Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel

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



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Fort Point Lighthouse
Fort Point State Park
Stockton Springs, ME

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Last Visited: August, 2000

History:
Established in 1836 to aid the growing number of ships navigating the Penobscot between Bangor and Castine, Fort Point Light Station was built as the first river light in Maine. In 1857, the present tower and keeper's house replaced the original granite structures. The light station's fixed white light, a fourth order Fresnel lens with a 250-watt halogen bulb, is 88 feet above sea level and visible for more than 10 miles. The fog signal, a 1200-pound, cast iron bell suspended on a pyramidal tower built in 1890, is still visible today.

For more than 120 years, civilian keepers, employed by the U. S. Lighthouse Establishment, tended this light station before the Coast Guard assumed operational duties in 1957. Today, with its automated light and fog signal, the light station is operated by Maine's Bureau of Parks and Lands as a historic site.

Source: Maine Bureau of Parks and Land

Hours:
The Fort Point State Historic Site is open Memorial Day - Labor Day. The tower and keeper's house are closed to the public but the surrounding land is accessible.

Latitude/Longitude: 44.467379,-68.811623

Nearest Address: Lighthouse Rd, Stockton Springs, ME

Directions:
  • From Camden, take Route 1 for 22 miles into Stockton Springs.
  • In Stockton Springs take a right onto Cape Jellison Road.
  • Stay on that road for .9 miles, then take a left onto a local road (sorry, my map SW doesn't give a road name)
  • Stay on that road for 1.8 miles.
  • Bear left onto Fort Point Road, which will lead you into the park.


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