Wandering Maine: Portland Head Light & Fort Williams Park

When most people think of Maine, they think of lobster, lighthouses, and blueberries, but there is really nothing more quintessentially Maine then Portland Head Light.

Last weekend we head to Cape Elizabeth and spent the afternoon wandering around Fort Williams Park. I brought my camera with me and wanted to share some of my lovely day with you.

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A little history.

“Portland Head has long protected Portland and the adjacent area. Cape Elizabeth residents were deeply committed to American independence from British rule. In 1776, the new Town of Cape Elizabeth posted a guard of eight soldiers at Portland Head to warn citizens of coming British attacks.

In 1787, the Massachusetts legislature provided $750 to begin construction of a lighthouse. In 1790, when the United States Government took over the responsibility of all lighthouses, Congress appropriated $1,500 for its completion. The original tower measured 72′ from base to lantern deck and was lit with 16 whale oil lamps. It was first lit on January 10, 1791.

Construction of the first Keeper’s Quarters began in 1790 as the result of a contract signed by Massachusetts Governor John Hancock. A one-story dwelling built to replace the first keeper’s house was erected in 1816. It measured 34′ x 20′ with two rooms, a cellar and a porch in the rear.

By 1864 a 4th order Fresnel lens and a cast iron staircase were installed.”

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I’m hoping to do a lot more of this style posts over the summer, so let me know if that is something you would like to see. In future, I would like to make them more chatty, but this time we really just wandered around the park.

Anna.

9 thoughts on “Wandering Maine: Portland Head Light & Fort Williams Park

  1. It’s so cool that you got to check out Fort Williams Park! I didn’t know that there are a lot of lighthouses out there but it makes sense. Interesting that this place has a lot of history! Can’t believe $1,500 was worth a lot of money back then. Love the pictures – glad you enjoyed your time out there!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  2. Your photos are STUNNING!!! You’ve definitely made me want to visit this part of the world now! Thank you for also sharing a bit of history in this 🙂 loved it all!

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