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Portand Head Light, Fort Williams State Park, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
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L is for LIGHTHOUSE

The patriarch of Maine’s lighthouses marks the state’s busiest harbor, boasting a combination of historic significance and beauty which make it possibly the most visited, photographed and painted lighthouse in the United States. The setting particularly inspired Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who found the tranquil beauty of the lightouse well suited to writing poetry.
Maine was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony un the 18th century and Portland (known as Falmouth until 1786) had become one of the busiest ports in America by the late 1700s. There were no lighthouses in Maine when, in 1784, merchants petitioned the Massachusetts government for a light to mark the entrance of Portland harbor. John Hancock was then governor of the Bay Colony and authorized construction. Delayed by insufficient funds, construction didn’t begin until 1790 with the original plan for a 58-foot tower revised to 72 feet. President George Washington appointed the first keeper, Capt. Joseph Greenleaf.
Repairs were made to the station in 1810, with an outdoor oil shed added. In 1813, a new lantern and system of lamps and reflectors designed by Winslow Lewis was installed; a new keeper’s house was built in 1816. A fourth-order Fresnel lens replaced the lamps and reflectors in 1855 and a bell tower was added at the time.
The lighthouse is now owned by the town of Cape Elizabeth and is located on the grounds of fort Williams State Park.

straight from the camera (mandatory mention for the As Is group)

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Comments

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture of this Lighthouse. I have been here a few times.. You have taken this shot beautifuly!

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsover 5 years ago

    This looks like a Post Card!!! Beautifully capture!

  • thank you !
    hugs, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Such a lovely scene.

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.over 5 years ago

    MAGNIFIQUE!!!

  • merci infiniment !
    sincerement, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Mike Griffiths
    Mike Griffithsover 5 years ago

    This is amazing! Visited this lighthouse back in 1998 and it is most definitely everything you mentioned above, and them some!

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoover 5 years ago

    I am such a sucker for light houses. I love them all. This is so nicely captured and framed in the shot. WONDERFUL!!

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture, Francis!!

  • thank you again !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • melant1017
    melant1017over 5 years ago

    This is a wonderful capture, I love it :-) Congrats on TPW feature!

    ~A

  • thank you so much, it is always a great pleasure !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Carol  Lewsley
    Carol Lewsleyover 5 years ago

    Lovely scene and capture Francis

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 5 years ago

    One of my favorite lighthouses, just lovely.

  • thank you !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

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