The Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park is located at the entrance to Muscongus Bay and Johns Bay, in the town of Bristol. The original Pemaquid Point Lighthouse was commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1827 and built that year. Sadly, the first lighthouse was poorly built and began to crumble. It was rebuilt in 1835 and this stronger lighthouse still stands today.
In the 1850s the lighthouse swapped out its candles with a Fresnel Lens to increase visibility and make maintenance easier. The lens is one of only six Fresnel lenses still in service in Maine. A lighthouse keeper’s house was added to the property in 1857. Fun Fact: Marcus A. Hanna once served as the lightkeeper. He’s the only man to ever receive the Medal of Honor (during the civil war) and the Gold Lifesaving Medal (saving life off Cape Elizabeth, ME).
Today, the lighthouse is automated and a Fisherman’s Museum was established in the keeper’s house. The lighthouse is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and is licensed to the American Lighthouse Foundation. The facilities surrounding the lighthouse are owned and operated by the Bristol Parks & Recreation Department as Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park.
Admission to the lighthouse property is $3 for adults and $1 for children. You can also get views of the lighthouse without having to enter the park. You can see the lighthouse from Pemaquid Loop Road and also from the parking lot of the The SeaGull Restaurant next door.
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