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Lighthouses are an integral part of Maine’s seagoing history. With hundreds of jagged peninsulas and islands, Maine has nearly 3,500 miles of coastline – the fourth most miles of coastline among all the states in America. Since the late 1700s, lighthouses have provided invaluable navigational assistance as beacons of hope and warning for seagoing vessels along the Maine coast.
Today, more than 60 lighthouses dot the Maine coastline, and almost all of them are still in use. While their utility has diminished over time with advances in navigational technology, the historical significance of Maine’s lighthouses endures. That history, combined with the striking beauty of the lighthouses and their coastal locations, are a major source of attraction for persons wanting to connect with an important element of Maine’s seafaring past and present-day charm.
Camden is centrally located among several of the most spectacular lighthouses in Maine. There are six lighthouses located within a 45-minute drive from Camden, while several others in the Mid-Coast region can be reached with a little bit more time and effort. The lighthouses closest to Camden are described below.
In addition, one can learn more about Maine’s lighthouses by visiting the Maine Lighthouse Museum in nearby Rockland. The museum houses the largest collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and the most important landmark collection of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States. The museum is located at One Park Drive in downtown Rockland and is open at varying times depending on the season. For more information, visit mainelighthousemuseum.com.
During your stay in Camden, we hope you will make it a point to visit our nearby lighthouses and lighthouse museums. They are vivid reminders of Maine’s rich seafaring history and exquisite symbols of the confluence between man and nature in our little corner of the world.