Portland Head Light, Portland Head, approximately 1/2 mile East of Shor, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, ME
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approximately 1/2 mile East of Shor, Cape Elizabeth, ME
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS ME-123
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-68).
Building/structure dates: 1787 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1813 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1855 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1865 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1883 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1891 subsequent work
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.
"Mission 66" Program
U.S. Coast Guard
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Dana, Sally, Field Team
Goiran, Philip, Field Team
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
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
4. LIGHT, FROM THE NORTHWEST
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