“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Prospect Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Down East Lights

Down East Lights Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 18, 2021
1. Down East Lights Marker
Prospect Harbor and beyond: Beacons of safety built to endure storm, tide and wave Lighthouses are monuments to 19th century engineering and design with their hewn rock foundations, spiral staircases, sloping conical towers, and Fresnel lens. These lenses focused the light of a small flame or bulb into a beam, shining for miles. Prospect Harbor's light casts a red beam for 7 miles and a white beam for 9 miles.

Diligent maintenance, heroic rescues
Often working in remote and isolated locations, lighthouse keepers tended the light, polished the lens, sounded the fog horn, and assisted in rescues. At one time, Prospect Harbor's keeper needed to wind the light's rotating mechanism every two hours.

Petit Manan Light
Established in 1817, Petit Manan lies 2.5 miles offshore. The present lighthouse, built of granite with a brick lining in 1855, was automated in 1972. At 123 feet, Maine's second-tallest lighthouse.

Best View of Petit Manan Lighthouse From Blueberry Hill Turnout on Schoodic Loop Road, look to the East to spot Petit Manan lighthouse far offshore.

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Lighthouses May Be Viewed
from the Byway and various points around the peninsula, although none are open to the public.

Prospect Harbor Light was commissioned by George Washington. Shown here at sunset with a lobster fisherman in the foreground.

Prospect Harbor Site - prepared for MaineDOT by Nancy Montgomery Design
Erected by Maine Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
Location. 44° 24.396′ N, 68° 1.626′ W. Marker is in Prospect Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Maine Route 186) and Kelley Lane, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 59 Main Street, Prospect Harbor ME 04669, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. When the ocean was the great highway for travel (here, next to this marker); Gouldsboro Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Gouldsboro Town Park (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Life on the Ocean’s Edge (about 800 feet away); Karl A. Jacobson (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lighthouses Warned Ships of Danger Down East
Down East Lights Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 18, 2021
2. Down East Lights Marker
In the foreground is a replica of the Prospect Harbor Lighthouse
(approx. 2.9 miles away); Fires Changed the Face of Winter Harbor Again & Again (approx. 3.1 miles away); Discover Architectural Gems in a DownEast Village (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prospect Harbor.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 24, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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