“Built in 1787!”
Portland Head has long protected Portland and the adjacent area. Cape Elizabeth residents were deeply committed to American independence from British rule. In 1776, the new Town of Cape Elizabeth posted a guard of eight soldiers at Portland Head to warn citizens of coming British attacks. In 1787, the General Court of Massachusetts (the Massachusetts legislature) provided $750 to begin construction of a lighthouse. In 1790, when the United States Government took over the responsibility of all lighthouses, Congress appropriated $1,500 for its completion. The original tower measured 72' from base to lantern deck and was lit with 16 whale oil lamps. It was first lit on January 10, 1791.
The park is beautiful and the lighthouse is very picturesque. I really enjoyed walking down the small cliff into the rocks and watching the waves and enjoying the water. I came after 4 so I wasn't able to go inside of the museum, it's a small building so I don't imagine it would take long to walk through.
Definitely worth the visit.
Absolutely beautiful! Lots of great picture taking opportunities. Small gift shop and museum. Try to get there before 3pm when the food trucks still out. Several places to sit and have a picnic. Also, the bathrooms are only port-a- potty’s (so just be aware).
See review, sorry it didn’t add my star rating.
Gorgeous! I am so glad we stopped to see this beautiful lighthouse and surrounding area. Be sure to walk all around the grounds and see the view from so many different areas. The cliff walk is fun, but not a necessity to enjoy the view. The interior lighthouse itself is not accessible, however, there is a museum that’s open, I believe a small charge. We were there September 28,2019 and they had a few refreshment trucks on site. Don’t pass it up if you have the chance. Parking was fairly easy and it was a Saturday. Happy travels.
This is a very nice area! You don’t go in the lighthouse but there is a little gift shop and museum to walk through. Besides the amazing photos you’ll capture there is also a nice walking area with a lot of sun but sometimes you can find shade. The water is just so nice to sit and walk around. There is also a couple different food trucks around there. As well as some sort of park but I didn’t explore that area so I don’t know what’s there.
There is a parking fee, which is typical I’ve found. This is what the website says.
Metered parking will be charged 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.
Hourly parking is $2 per hour/2-hour minimum.
A full day parking pass is $10.
A season pass is $15.
All passes are purchased at the meters at Fort Williams Park.
Credit cards only are accepted for payment.
The pay and display program will be in effect May 1 – November 1.
Pursuant to Maine law, a vehicle that exhibits a permanent placard, a temporary placard or a disability registration plate is exempt
I did enjoy this place a lot.
Amazing view. Definitely worth your time to see this.
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Portland Head Lighthouse & Museum
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