New England Lighthouses and
Local Coastal Attractions

Welcome to my New England lighthouses and attractions home page at! Dedicated to those who want to discover New England's lighthouses, and attractions within their surrounding coastal communities. I've had the opportunity to photograph and explore the areas of all the nearly 170 lighthouses in New England.

  • For the lighthouse hunters, you'll find directions, cruises, ferry info, and lighthouse boat tours to all New England lighthouses that you want to drive, hike, or take a boat to explore. You'll also find lots of info on various sailing cruises, and special windjammer sailing tours on authentic schooners that may pass by lighthouses.
  • The "Exploring Lighthouses" section provides historic stories of each New England lighthouse, within regions, including boat tours and cruises, places to visit in each area, lighthouse images, directions, and more.
  • In the beginning of each month I post a story blog either about lighthouse history, shipwrecks, rescues, heroes, or about haunted lighthouses.
  • I have three lighthouse books, two lighthouse tourism books for southern and northern New England, and a book on shipwrecks, rescues, and hauntings that have occured near New England lighthouses, which you can take a look below.
  • Check out my newest book of stories of the world's largest sailing ships built in New England. They were the great coal schooners of the early 1900s; they were longer than a football field!
  • Each lighthouse page also has individual lighthouse images you can view of photographs and digital illustrative paintings, which you can purchase at my professional lab as photographic prints, metal prints, digital downloads, or canvas wraps. There are also regional and special lighthouse photo galleries if you feel like exploring groups of lighthouses.

Make this your favorite guide to New England's lighthouses and local attractions.


Allan Wood






New Book Just Published Summer 2023!

The Rise and Demise of the Largest Sailing Ships:
Stories of the Six and Seven-Masted
Coal Schooners of New England

book of the rise and demise of the largest sailing ships

Available in paperback, hard cover, and as an eBook for all devices.

my ebook on apple books

In the early 1900s, New England shipbuilders constructed the world’s largest sailing ships amid social and political reforms. These giants of sail were the ten original six-masted coal schooners and one colossal seven-masted vessel, built to carry massive quantities of coal and building supplies, and measured longer than a football field!

This book, balanced with plenty of color and vintage images, showcases the historical accounts that followed these mighty ships. These true stories include competitions, accidents, battling destructive storms, acts of heroism, and their final voyages.

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My book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides lots of special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of additional indoor and outdoor coastal attractions and tours in the area, with contact info to plan your trip. You'll also find information about haunted lighthouses, local boat cruises and lighthouse tours, and windjamming tours.


Look inside!

Book - Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England



My 300-page book (with over 360 images), Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Northern New England: New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, provides special human interest stories from each of the 76 lighthouses, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor coastal attractions you can explore, and tours. Lighthouses and their nearby attractions are divided into regions for all you weekly and weekend explorers. Attractions and tours also include whale watching tours, lighthouse tours, windjammer sailing tours and adventures, special parks and museums, and lighthouses you can stay overnight. There are also stories of haunted lighthouses in these regions.

Look inside!

Book - Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Northern New England



New England Lighthouses: Famous Shipwrecks, Rescues & Other Tales

You'll find this book and others I've written from the publisher Schiffer Books, or in many fine bookstores like Barnes and Noble.

This book contains over 50 stories of famous shipwrecks and rescues around New England lighthouses, and also tales of hauntings that occurred. Along with my photos, you'll find vintage images provided by the Coast Guard and various organizations, and paintings by six famous artists of the Coast Guard. Enjoy!