Built in 1827
Guarding the entrance to Muscongus Bay and John Bay, at Pemaquid Point at the end of Route 130. Grounds and lighthouse museum are open to the public.
|Latitude: 43° 50' 12" N
||Longitude: 69° 30' 21" W|
|Pemaquid Point Lighthouse was built to accommodate the increasing marine trade, fishing, and the shipping of lumber within mid-coast Maine. Built in 1827, then rebuilt in 1857. Its location sits atop a unique set of geological rock formations that wreaked havoc for many mariners in bad weather.||
In a violent storm on September 16, 1903, the fishing schooner George F. Edmunds smashed against the rocks, drowning Captain Willard Poole and thirteen of his crewmates. Only two of the crew were rescued. William P. Sawyer, of Pemaquid Point talked to the two survivors of the George F. Edmunds and wrote down their story. Forty-two years later on the anniversary of the shipwreck in 1945, Sawyer's body was found near the Pemaquid Lighthouse.
A smaller fishing vessel, the Sadie and Lillie was also destroyed there and only two people survived.
Keeper Leroy Elwell rescued three people from a capsized sailboat on August 6, 1930, and later received a commendation for his heroism. It was also during Elwell’s tenure that the lighthouse was one of the first in Maine to be automated in 1934.
The keeper’s quarters was converted to the Fisherman’s Museum in 1972 and is still in use today.
As the lighthouse tower was falling into much needed restoration, funds were finally raised and restoration and repair of the tower was completed in 2007.
Places to Visit Nearby:
In Damariscotta and Newcastle, you’ll find nineteenth century storefronts filled with shops, restaurants and galleries. Head down Route 129 from Route 1, to Route 130, with plenty of artist’s galleries along the way, to the end where you’ll find Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, providing some of the most spectacular scenery in Maine, with its unique rocky shoreline and park to explore.
The town of Bristol lies on a tip of land on the end of a long peninsula with its natural surroundings for all to enjoy.
On the lighthouse grounds, you can climb all around these unique rock formations that jut out to the sea (be wary of high tide with these rocks) or, sit and picnic while enjoying the splendor of the surf crashing against the rocks. A one-bedroom apartment in the keeper's house is available for weekly vacation rentals. The Fisherman's Museum, part of Pemaquid's keeper's buildings is open during the summer months.
|There is a restaurant to relax at, and nearby there is also a beach area and Colonial Pemaquid to explore, where visitors will find Fort William Henry, which was once the largest fort in New England, built in the late 1600s, and the Pemaquid Art Gallery, and other attractions around the area.|
Off Route 130 in New Harbor, Hardy Boat Cruises, provides cruises out to Monhegan Island, puffin tours and seal watching, and coastal tours in the fall. They also provide an educational history cruise out to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and Fort William Henry.
From the Highway US Route 1 Business Route in Damariscotta turn south on Highway 129 and drive for just under three miles to the intersection of Highways 129 and 130.
Take Highway 130 south for about 12 miles to Pemaquid Point where you will see the lighthouse by a large parking lot where you can explore the grounds and the lighthouse museum.
New Harbor, ME 04554
Phone: (207) 677-2494
Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
PO Box 353
Bristol, ME 04539-0353
c/o Caren Clark
954 Dutch Neck
Waldoboro, ME 04572-6156
Tel. Marty Welt,
Email – Marty Welt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Boat Tours
Boat tours mentioned below offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises that pass by Pemaquid Point Lighthouse , some may pass by the lighthouse as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, whale watching adventures, fishing tours, and other types of excursions.
Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch and Scenic Nature Cruises
Includes lighthouses along the Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Or toll free 1-800-636-3244
Hardy Boat Cruises
Special lighthouse cruises available around Pemaquid Point lighthouse, and out to Monhegan Island lighthouse.
PO Box 326
New harbor, Maine 04554
Hay Val Charters
Tours of Boothbay region including lighthouse tours
My 300-page book (with over 360 images), Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Northern New England: New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, published by Schiffer Publishing, provides human interest stories from each of the 76 lighthouses, along with plenty of coastal attractions and tours near each beacon, and contact info to plan your special vacation.
In the haunted lighthouses section of the book, you'll also find a story about a haunting at the keeper's house at Pemeaquid.