About five miles southeast of Portland, Maine is the small town of Cape Elizabeth. Located on the Northern New England coastline, the major tourist attraction here is the Portland Head Light, located on Fort Williams Park. Today, the lighthouse is eighty feet tall and the former Keeper’s Quarters has become a museum and gift shop.
The oldest lighthouse in Maine, the Portland Head Light was built at the direction of George Washington in 1787 to protect the United States from British invasion. The lighthouse was completed in 1791.
Looking out into the Atlantic Ocean, there are painted rocks that read “Annie C Maguire shipwrecked here Christmas Eve 1886.” The Annie C Maguire was a British three mast ship, almost two hundred feet long, that hit the rocky ledge at the Portland Head Light. It was on its way to Portland from Buenos Aires. The ship’s passengers and her crew were rescued by the lighthouse keeper and his family by using ladders to pull everyone to safety. For more information about the mystery behind the Annie C Maguire, please click here.
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Very nice photos and interesting history!
…and it is less than two hours away…
Informative and interesting, as always.
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Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos! I feel as if I’ve been on vacation!
It was a picture perfect day!