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Monhegan Island Light
Monhegan, Maine
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Jeremy D'Entremont
Location: Monhegan Island, southern approach to Muscongus Bay. Nearest town: Monhegan
43 45 54 N
69 18 54 W
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Accessibility: The grounds and the museum in the keeper's house are open to the public. The lighthouse tower is not open to the public.
The museum is open daily, 11:30 to 3:30, July 1 through August 31, and 12:30 to 2:30 from June 24 through June 30 and September 1 through September 30
Click here to see a deer near the lighthouse, circa 1990.
Station established: 1824; Present lighthouse built: 1850; Automated: 1959
Construction material: Granite
Height of tower: 47 feet; Height of focal plane: 178 feet
Earlier optic: Second-order Fresnel (1856); Present optic: VRB-25 (solar powered)
Characteristic: Flashing white every 15 seconds
Museum curator Tralice Bracy speaks with visitors in the lighthouse lantern room, near the VRB-25 optic
Other buildings still standing: 1874 keeper's house, reconstructed 1851 keeper's house, 1893 oil house, cistern, chicken coop, two storage buildings
Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Monhegan Museum in the keeper's house maintained by:
Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum Association
1 Lighthouse Hill
Monhegan, ME 04852
Phone: 207-596-7003
Email: museum@monheganmuseum.org
Related sites:
Monhegan Commons
Alexander Parris Digital Project
Maine.info: Resources for Maine Travel & Living
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