Maine - History and Heritage

Portland Head Light (Portland)
As Maine's first and most famous lighthouse, Portland is located near the entrance to Portland Harbor at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. Commissioned by George Washington, it was built in 1791. It is visited by thousands of people each year, and today is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country.

The Fort Knox State Historic Site (Prospect)
One of the best-preserved Civil War era forts in the country. This massive granite fortification overlooks the Penobscot River and features several interpretive displays. Guided and self-guided tours are available. During the summer there is a special event each weekend, ranging from Civil War encampments to blacksmith demonstrations.

The Maine Lighthouse Museum (Rockland)
The museum displays a large exhibit of items relating to lighthouses and is home of the largest collection of lighthouse lenses, and one of the most important landmark collections of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States.

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