Coast Guard coordinates 5th Maine Open Lighthouse Day

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — The public is invited to tour the towers and keepers’ houses of 22 Maine lighthouses from Biddeford, Maine, to Lubec, Maine, during the 5th annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day, Sept. 14, 2013.

This event is the largest of its kind in the country and is coordinated by the U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with the American Lighthouse Foundation and the Maine Office of Tourism.

Most of the 22 ocean, river, and island lighthouses will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guided or self-guided tours. The list of participating lights and their specific accessibility times and details can be seen at the open lighthouse day website.

Some lights that are not normally open to the public include Owls Head, Curtis Island in Camden Harbor, Dyce Head in Castine, Monhegan Island, Portland Breakwater and the tower at West Quoddy Head in Lubec. Some light stations may have limited accessibility or special restrictions.

“Open Lighthouse Day offers a rare opportunity for the public to peek inside Maine’s great coastal history,” said Lt. j.g. Elizabeth Morris, the Open Lighthouse Day project officer at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Opportunities like this are important for current generations to build an interest in history that will lead to the future preservation of these landmarks. I hope everyone is able to take a moment of their day to explore these historic lighthouses.”

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