Located on the most eastern point of the continental United States, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse was first built in 1808. President Thomas Jefferson ordered for the lighthouse to be constructed to help ships navigate the Quoddy Narrows which feature dangerous cliffs, ledges, and Sail Rock. . The original wooden tower was replaced by the current tower which became operational in 1858. The current tower stands 49 feet tall and has a 16-foot-wide base. The lantern’s central point is 83 feet above sea level. Its unique red and white stripes make it the only “candy striped” tower in the United States. West Quoddy Head Lighthouse is truly one of the most beautiful lighthouses!
The light was fully automated in 1988 and the lamp was previously lit with sperm whale oil, lard oil, and finally kerosene and electricity in 1932. Today, the lighthouse is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard.
If you visit the lighthouse today, make sure to check out all that the 532-acre Quoddy Head State Park has to offer. Along with the lighthouse, there are 4.5 miles of hiking trails, extensive forests, two bogs, diverse habitat for rare plants, and a visitors center + museum!