Portland Head Lighthouse
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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Location: Approach to Portland Harbor, Casco Bay
Coordinates: 43 37 24 N 70 12 30 W
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Active aid to navigation. Managed by The Museum at Portland Head Light
Accessibility: 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. The lighthouse is within Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. For directions and hours visit the website of The Museum at Portland Head Light.
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)