Built in 1898
On Perkins Island, along the Kennebec River. Grounds are closed to the public, but there are plenty of boat cruises offered in the area to view the light from the water.
|Latitude: 43° 47' 13" N
||Longitude: 69° 47' 09" W|
Keeper Eugene Osgood received an official commendation from the Secretary of Commerce for his rescue efforts on June 16, 1931. On that day he was leaving Perkins Island Lighthouse to pick up his mail in Phippsburg. He happened to see a man struggling in the currents from being thrown from his rowboat. Osgood quickly launched his own boat and was able to successfully rescue the man.
Another incident happened when Keeper Osgood heard a signal bell and cries of help during a fierce storm. Setting out in the station boat, he located a party of nineteen people, whose boat had grounded in the storm, and managed to get them all back to the lighthouse, where Mrs. Osgood dried them out and fed them.
In late 2000, a restoration of the bell tower took place and in 2006, the Friends of Perkins Island chapter members worked to restore the keeper's house.
Places to Visit Nearby:
Cruises that pass the lighthouse are offered by the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, and Cap'n Fish's out of Boothbay Harbor.
Both Phippsburg and Parker Village are quiet fishing communities. If you can find a place to park your car it's a nice walk along the river. If you continue south about ten miles you'll come to Popham State Park, with it's long curvy clean beaches and beautiful scenery of islands popping out of the sea. It remains as one of the most beautiful beaches in Maine.
Don't forget to check out the Maine Maritime Museum along Route 209 in Bath (243 Washington St.) with plenty of maritime artifacts to explore.
Reid State Park in Georgetown, is a family beach and a haven for naturalists.
Driving Directions for a Distant View
- Although this light is best viewed by the many boat cruises, it can be seen from a distance across the Kennebec River.
- From US Route 1, in Bath, Maine, take Route 209 South towards Phippsburg.
- Continue along for about ten miles till you see the Phippsburg Post Office.
- Take a left by the Phippsburg General Store and gas station onto Parker Head Road, which will take you along the river through tiny Parker Village.
- When you come to a small bridge you will be able to see the Squirrel Point Lighthouse across the river.
- Continue for about four miles and as you descend down the bottom of a hill you will see Perkins Island Light from across the river where you only be able to park on the side of the road to photograph it.
Friends of Perkins Island
c/o Dr. Jane Beaulieu
P.O. Box 376
Georgetown, ME 04548
Local Boat Tours
Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises that pass by Perkins Island Lighthouse, some will pass by the lighthouse as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, whale watching adventures, fishing tours, and other types of excursions. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to New England’s shorelines. Enjoy!
Maine Maritime Museum
Frequent lighthouse tours along the Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor
243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
Phone: (207) 443-1316
Fax: (207) 443-1665
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
River Run Tours
Chartered pontoon boat for lighthouse excursions.
River Run Tours, Inc.
28 Walnut Point
Woolwich, Maine 04578
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.