Saco Historic District

Main Street, Saco, ME  
 
The Saco Historic District extends one-half mile along Main Street from approximately the Saco Museum to Saco Island. See several historical locations along the way and examples of Greek Revival and Federal architecture.
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The Saco Historic District extends one-half mile along Main Street from approximately the Saco Museum to Saco Island. See several historical locations along the way and examples of Greek Revival and Federal architecture.

Saco

East Point Sanctuary at Biddeford Pool

East end of Ocean Ave, Biddeford, ME  
207-781-2330 
The East Point Sanctuary Trail is maintained by the Maine Audubon Society and is on the edge of the East Point Sanctuary at Biddeford Pool. It starts out as a crushed gravel trail and develops into a dirt path. The short 0.9 mile trip showcases spectacular ocean views and the Wood Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse is not accessible except by boat. Dogs are not permitted in the Sanctuary.
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The East Point Sanctuary Trail is maintained by the Maine Audubon Society and is on the edge of the East Point Sanctuary at Biddeford Pool. It starts out as a crushed gravel trail and develops … More >>

Biddeford Pool

Wood Island Lighthouse

Biddeford, ME  
207-200-4552 

Wood Island Lighthouse is an active lighthouse that has been lighting Saco Bay since it was commissioned in 1808. The light is just outside the entrance to Biddeford Pool. In 1986, the last keeper left the island and the light was automated. Wood Island Light is Maine's second oldest lighthouse and the eleventh oldest in the country. Deer can sometimes be seen on the island and are reported to swim the half mile channel to Biddeford Pool. In winter, it is sometimes possible to see snowy owls on the island. FOWIL's Historical Committee has worked to preserve the history of this location along with countless volunteers, and contributions of past keepers and their families. Phone line for reservations is available from Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm  207-200-4552

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Wood Island Lighthouse is an active lighthouse that has been lighting Saco Bay since it was commissioned in 1808. The light is just outside the entrance to Biddeford Pool. In 1986, the last keeper left … More >>

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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Preserve

321 Port Road, Wells, ME  
(207)646-9226 
The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Located along 50 miles of coastline in York and Cumberland counties, the refuge consists of eleven divisions between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth. It will contain approximately 9,125 acres when land acquisition is complete. The proximity of the refuge to the coast and its location between the Autumn Sunrise eastern deciduous forest and the boreal forest creates a composition of plants and animals not found elsewhere in Maine. Major habitat types present on the refuge include forested upland, barrier beach/dune, coastal meadows, tidal salt marsh and the distinctive rocky coast.
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The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Located along 50 miles of coastline in York … More >>

Rachel Carson National Wildlife

Narrated Trolley Tours

Old Orchard St, Old Orchard Beach, ME  
207-205-5327 
Experience an interesting journey through Old Orchard Beach's history. The Narrated Trolley Tour is a fun way to learn about the famous events, buildings, and people that made Old Orchard Beach the great town it is today.
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Experience an interesting journey through Old Orchard Beach’s history. The Narrated Trolley Tour is a fun way to learn about the famous events, buildings, and people that made Old Orchard Beach the great town it … More >>

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Kittery Historial & Naval Society

200 Rogers Road Ext., Kittery, ME  
207-439-3080 
Kittery-Maine's Oldest Incorporated Town
Incorporated in 1647, Kittery abounds with history, from pre-revolution days to the modern navy and the Historical & Naval Society Museum is the place to relive much of it through the artifacts and documents on display.  
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Kittery-Maine’s Oldest Incorporated Town Incorporated in 1647, Kittery abounds with history, from pre-revolution days to the modern navy and the Historical & Naval Society Museum is the place to relive much of it through the … More >>

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Portland Head Lighthouse

1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine  
207-799-2661 
Portland Head has long protected Portland and the adjacent area. In 1787, the General Court of Massachusetts (the Massachusetts legislature) provided $750 to begin construction of a lighthouse. In 1790,  Congress appropriated $1,500 for its completion. The original tower measured 72' from base to lantern deck and was lit with 16 whale oil lamps. It was first lit on January 10, 1791. Construction of the first Keeper's Quarters began in 1790 as the result of a contract signed by Massachusetts Governor John Hancock. A one story dwelling built to replace the first keeper's house was erected in 1816. It measured 34' x 20' with two rooms, a cellar and a porch in the rear. By 1865, the tower was raised 20' and a 2nd order Fresnel lens was installed. A portion of this lens may now be seen at the Museum at Portland Head Light. Except for a period between1883 and1885, this lens was in the lighthouse until 1958. The current Keepers' Quarters building was constructed in 1891 as a two story duplex. Until 1989, it was home to the head and assistant lighthouse keepers and their families. On August 7th, 1989, Petty Officer Davis Simpson struck the US flag for the last time at the decommissioning ceremony recognizing the automation of the lighthouse. In 1993, through the efforts of United States Senator George Mitchell, the property was deeded to the Town. The United States Coast Guard maintains the actual light and the fog signal, but the remainder of the property is managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth.  
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Portland Head has long protected Portland and the adjacent area. In 1787, the General Court of Massachusetts (the Massachusetts legislature) provided $750 to begin construction of a lighthouse. In 1790,  Congress appropriated $1,500 for its … More >>

Portland Head lighthouse

Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse

Portland Harbor, Casco Bay, Maine  
 
Ram Island Ledge is a jagged finger of rock one-quarter mile long, marking the northern entrance into Portland’s outer harbor. The ledge runs southwest off nearby Ram Island, and has long been one of the most feared spots by local mariners. The lighthouse is privately owned, and is an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. It is not open to the public and is accessible by boat only. The best views from land are from the area around Portland Head Light. The granite tower is nearly a twin of Graves Light in outer Boston Harbor, which was built almost at the same time. The light's flashing characteristic was produced by a clockwork mechanism that rotated the lens, which floated on a bed of mercury. The mechanism had to be wound every hour and a half by the keepers. A fog bell went into operation on August 28, 1905. The light was converted to solar power in January 2001. The solar panels mounted on the south side of the tower provide power for two large batteries supplying the light and fog signal.
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Ram Island Ledge is a jagged finger of rock one-quarter mile long, marking the northern entrance into Portland’s outer harbor. The ledge runs southwest off nearby Ram Island, and has long been one of the … More >>

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Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse

Fort Road, South Portland, Maine  
 
Southern Maine lighthouses attract thousands of visitors every year, but few of them offer the unique opportunity to Step Into History and actually tour a real working lighthouse. Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is the only caisson-style light station in the United States that visitors can walk to, Located on the breakwater at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, the lighthouse has been an integral part of the history of Portland harbor and Casco Bay since 1897.
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Southern Maine lighthouses attract thousands of visitors every year, but few of them offer the unique opportunity to Step Into History and actually tour a real working lighthouse. Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is the only … More >>

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Portland Breakwater Lighthouse

Madison Street, South Portland, ME  
 
The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse is a relatively minor navigational aid designed to mark the end of a breakwater and help guide vessels past the shoal-laced entrance to Portland Harbor. The breakwater was built in response to popular demand after an 1831 storm that, together with a high tide, caused widespread damage to ships, piers, and buildings in Portland's exposed harbor. After surveying the harbor, the Army Topographical Engineers submitted a report in 1833 recommending the construction of a 2,500-foot rubblestone breakwater along the southern side of the entrance to the inner harbor.
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The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse is a relatively minor navigational aid designed to mark the end of a breakwater and help guide vessels past the shoal-laced entrance to Portland Harbor. The breakwater was built in response … More >>

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