Owl's Head Light
Owl's Head Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1826
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1826
Year Automated: 1989
Tower Height: 30 ft.
Original Optic: Reflector System
Present Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1854
Number of Stories: 1.5
Architectural Style: Cottage
Construction Materials: Wood
Owl's Head Lighthouse
Owl's Head, ME
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Last Visited: September, 2004
Owls Head Light is a lighthouse located in Owls Head, Maine at the entrance of Rockland Harbor on Western Penobscot Bay. The lighthouse was established in 1826. It is operated by the United States Coast Guard and it is also part of Owls Head Light State Park.
The lighthouse was designed by Green & Foster and Jeremiah Barry and constructed in 1826. It is a 30-foot (9.1 m) tall cylindrical brick tower on a granite foundation standing on top a cliff. It has one of the last six Fresnel lenses in operation in Maine.
In 1854, a keeper's house was built separate from the lighthouse. The cottage now serves as Coast Guard housing. A fourth order Fresnel lens, in use until recently, was installed in 1856. A generator house and an oil storage building were added in 1895.
The light station was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Owls Head Light Station in 1978.
There is a large parking lot about 1/4 mile from the lighthouse. Park there and walk the dirt road to the lighthouse. The grounds are open to the public but the lighthouse and buildings are not.
Nearest Address: Lighthouse Rd, Owls Head, ME
- From Route 1 in Rockland Maine take Route 73 south for appx. 2 miles.
- Take a left onto North Shore Road.
- Follow N. Shore Road for 2.7 miles, taking a left onto Main St. (at the Post office).
- Stay on Main St. for .2 to .3 miles, and take a left onto Lighthouse Road.
- Follow Lighthouse Road to the end, to the parking lot. It is a short walk along a dirt road to get to the lighthouse.
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