Coast Guard coordinates Maine Lighthouse Day Sept. 15, 2012

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON — The public is invited to visit and tour the towers and keeper’s houses of 22 Maine lighthouses from Biddeford, Maine, to Lubec, Maine, Sept. 15 during the 3rd annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day.

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

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 can be seen at the Light House 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.

“This event is so special because it provides lighthouse enthusiasts a rare opportunity to enjoy an important part of Maine’s proud history,” said Lt. Megan Drewniak, the waterways management division chief at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “This event was designed to protect and promote that history now and in the foreseeable future. It should be a wonderful day and I hope as many people as possible can get out and enjoy.”

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