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Portland Head Light, Portland Head, approximately 1/2 mile East of Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, ME

Portland Head Light, Portland Head, approximately 1/2 mile East of Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, ME



Site contains fog signal house, fog bells & fog whistle house.
Significance: One of only four lighthouses authorized by President Washington, Portland Head Light was the first lighted by the federal government. Although altered in height, it has never been rebuilt. It attracts more than 60,000 visitors a year and is perhaps the best known and most photographed lighthouse on the northeast coast.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-68
Survey number: HABS ME-123
Building/structure dates: 1787-1790 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1813 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1855 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1865 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1883-1885 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1891 Subsequent Work



Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
U.S. Coast Guard
Nichols, John
Bryant, Jonathan
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Dana, Sally, field team
Goiran, Philip, field team
Baldwin, Jennifer, transmitter
Boucher, Jack E, photographer
Kingsbury, Martha, historian
Myers, Denys Peter, historian
Reeves, F Blair, historian
Jahncke, Davis L, delineator
Benninger, Christopher C, delineator
Creek, Richard, photographer


Cape Elizabeth43.61473, -70.21399
Google Map of 43.6147292, -70.21398769999999


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