Portland Head Lighthouse
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Location: Approach to Portland Harbor, Casco Bay
Coordinates: 43 37 24 N 70 12 30 W
Active aid to navigation. Managed by The Museum at Portland Head Light
Accessibility: The lighthouse is within Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. There is free parking near the lighthouse.
The lighthouse tower is not open to the public, but there is a museum in the keeper's house. For directions and hours visit the website of The Museum at Portland Head Light.
Fog signal: One blast every 15 seconds (below)
Station established: 1791
Present lighthouse built: 1791
Construction materials: Stone and brick
Other buildings still standing: 1891 keeper's house, 1975 reconstructed fog signal building, 1891 oil house, garage
Height of tower: 80 feet
Height of focal plane: 101 feet
Earlier optic: Fourth-order Fresnel lens (1855); Second-order Fresnel (1864); Fourth-order Fresnel lens (1883); Second-order Fresnel lens (1885); DCB-224 (1958); VRB-25 (below, 2021 - photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)
Characteristic: Flashing white every four seconds