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Nash Island Lighthouse

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Addison, Maine
Built in 1838


Nash Island is near the entrance to Pleasant River, southwest of Addison, and is part of the Petit Manaan Wildlife Refuge. Nash Island is closed to the public to protect nesting seabirds during the summer months.

Latitude: 44° 27' 50" N
Longitude: 67° 44' 45" W


Historic Stories:

With the area flourishing with shipbuilding, passenger steamships, lumbering, fishing and granite quarrying, a lighthouse was needed and appropriated on Nash Island in 1838.

In the middle 1800’s, a small schoolhouse was built to educate the children inhabiting the island until they would go to high school on shore in Jonesport.

Vintage Image Nash Island Light
Courtesy US Coast Guard

Keeper Allen Holt received a special commendation from Washington after rescuing the crew of a fishing schooner during a fierce storm. During his tenure on the island, his children were given the task of counting bird nests for the Audubon Society.

Today Nash Island is designated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as an area for migratory birds and is maintained by the Friends of Nash Island Light.



Places to Visit:

Milbridge offers seventy-five miles of coastline with spectacular views of the Narraguagus River and the Gulf of Maine. Milbridge was once a shipbuilding town and has a historical museum of local history. The Petit Manan National Wildlife Sanctuary is an island less than a half-hour from Milbridge, with its nesting area serving over 300 species of birds.

The Maine Historic Preservation Commission lists 28 prehistoric archaeological sites along the Addison coastline. You may have an opportunity to visit some of these sites by getting their permission.

Pleasant River Boat Tours provides nature cruises along the Pleasant River Estuary and out to nearby islands which include views of Nash Island Light. On their Puffin Cruise, you’ll also view Petit Manan Light and Narraguagus (Pond Island) Light. Robertson Sea Tours offer tours pass the lighthouse in an authentic lobster boat.

The lighthouse is part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

At the Corner of Route 1 and Route 187, you’ll find Wild Blueberry Land, the world’s largest “blueberry” building with great bakery and organic grown food at great prices. You’re in Maine’s true blueberry region and this landmark is a must stop. There’s even a nine-hole mini golf course and all kinds of photo ops.



Contact Info:
Friends of Nash Island Light

P.O. Box 250
Addison, Maine 04606



Local Boat Tours

Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises. Each offers specific lighthouse cruises where they pass by Nash Island Lighthouse, and may also pass by the light during charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, and fishing tours.


Robertson Sea Tours
Lighthouse cruises and nature trips along the shores of downeast Maine and Schoodic Peninsula area aboard a classic downeast lobster boat. Special lighthouse cruise covers Narraguagus (Pond Island) Light, Nash Island Light, and Petit Manan Light, along with natural wonders and hauling up a lobster trap.
Contact: Captain Jamie Robertson
Home Phone: (207) 483-6110 o,r Cell: (207) 461-7439


Pleasant River Boat Tours
Offers a variety of cruises aboard a lobsterboat. They provide nature cruises along the Pleasant River Estuary and out to nearby islands which include views of Nash Island Light.

280 Water St
Addison, ME 04606
Phone: (207) 483-6567



My 300-page book, 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 for all you vacationers.

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