Portland Head Light

While I was with number two son in Portland over the weekend I enjoyed going over to Cape Elizabeth and visiting the Portland Head Light.

Portland Head has provided protection for the Portland area for many years.  In 1776 a group of eight soldiers were posted there to warn citizens of approaching British attacks.  In 1787, while Maine was still a part of Massachusetts,  the first funds were provided to begin construction of a light house.

Its first light shone on January 10, 1791.

Number two sent this photo snapped at sunrise a few months ago…

Portland Head Light

The park is maintained by the town of Cape Elizabeth and there were volunteers out in force the day we visited.  There were also many other sightseers, picnickers and swimmers (not really).  All of these people are squealing at the top of their lungs every time a toe touches the water…

Portland Head Light

I’m thinking it was pretty chilly…

Portland Head Light

this is a a beautiful place…

Portland Head Light

it was a beautiful day with barely a cloud in the sky…

Portland Head Light

and not quite as hot as it is at home in Mississippi…

Portland Head Light

I had gotten sucked into the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House and Garden Museum back in Portland, as I am want to do, and so was thrilled to see the plaque telling of the poet’s love for this place and the inspiration it provided him…

Portland Head Light

Christmas Eve 1886 took a tragic turn here when the Annie C. McGuire struck the ledge at Portland Head.  The keeper and other volunteers created a gangplank with a ladder and so the Captain, his wife and the crew crawled to safety.  The story is a confusing one since there was no problem that night with visibility.  The crew declared that they “plainly saw Portland Light before the disaster and are unable to account for same.”…

Portland Head Light

if you are acquainted with number two son then it will come as no surprise that there was rock climbing involved  on this excursion…

Portland Head Light

I told him I couldn’t go because somebody needed to take pictures…

Portland Head Light

but  Maggie jumped right in for the adventure…

Portland Head Light

a great day to be out and about on the magnificent coast of Maine…

Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light

with two of my favorites…

Portland Head Light

oh, and I am glad Maggie was along to take my place for the rock climbing…

Portland Head Light

Have a great day!

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Comments

  1. Lee Threadgill says:

    Gorgeous Marsha ! Felt like I was there- so glad you had great weather for your trip too!

  2. Angelyn says:

    Beautiful!!!! And loved seeing the photo that number 2 son took!

  3. I absolutely love lighthouses and shorelines. So beautiful!

  4. My brother lives about a mile from there, in Cape Elizabeth.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Oh wow! Do you go to visit and do you have any tips? I want to go as much as I can while he is there, it is so beautiful. Cape Elizabeth is such a pretty little town, love all the houses there.