Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Portland Head Lighthouse

The rocky ledge runs far out into the sea
And on its outer point, some miles away,
The lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Lighthouse"

This past week I went to Portland, Maine, for business. Fortunately, I was able to have a little time to take a trip out to the Portland Head Light. The weather was gorgeous.

The lighthouse sits on a promontory of rocks jutting out into the ocean. It is adjacent to what was once old Fort Williams.

Construction of the lighthouse was completed in January, 1791. President George Washington appointed Joseph Greenleaf, a Revolutionary War veteran, to be the first keeper. The original keeper's house was of stone. The current Victorian house was built in 1891.

This is a fishing boat returning to port. The photo was taken from the observation area at the base of the lighthouse.

For more on The Portland Head Light click here.


i beati said...

I love lighthouses and railroad stations so much of Americana fading but some still prominently there like this one you post about .wonderful

Janie said...

That's awesome.

I'm going to take your lead and start visiting sites, when I travel.

Cimarron said...

Oh my cool! I want to go. Good pictures, Dad.

WomanHonorThyself said...

lighthouses are stunning arent they............

Anonymous said...

Man, I wish I got to travel like you do.