Monhegan Island Light

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Monhegan Island Light
Monhegan Island Light is located in Maine
Monhegan Island Light
Monhegan Island Light
Location Monhegan Island, Maine
Coordinates 43°45′53.282″N 69°18′56.981″W / 43.76480056°N 69.31582806°W / 43.76480056; -69.31582806Coordinates: 43°45′53.282″N 69°18′56.981″W / 43.76480056°N 69.31582806°W / 43.76480056; -69.31582806
Year first constructed 1824
Year first lit 1850 (current structure)
Automated 1959
Foundation Surface rock
Construction Granite blocks
Tower shape Cylindrical Tower
Markings / pattern Lt. List says White, but photos show unpainted light gray-brown granite
Focal height 178 feet (54 m)
Current lens VRB-25
Range 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 15s
Fog signal 1854: Bell
1870: Manana Island Sound Signal Station
USCG number


Monhegan Island Lighthouse and Quarters
Location Monhegan Island, Maine
Built 1824
Architect Alexander Parris
Governing body U.S. Coast Guard
NRHP Reference # 80000239[3]
Added to NRHP May 07, 1980

Monhegan Island Light is a lighthouse on Monhegan Island, Maine. It was first established in 1824. The present structure was built in 1850.[4] It was Alexander Parris's last significant design. It is the second highest light in Maine — only Seguin Light, on a significantly higher island, is higher.[1] It had a fog bell from 1854 until 1870, when the Manana Island Sound Signal Station was built.

Monhegan Island Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Monhegan Island Lighthouse and Quarters on May 7, 1980, reference number 80000239.[3]

Monhegan Museum[edit]

The lighthouse building complex is now operated as the Monhegan Museum, with exhibits of of the island's natural, social, industrial, cultural and artistic history.

The lighthouse tower's light mechanism is still operated by the Coast Guard, but the Monhegan Museum owns the tower and opens it to the public on occasion each season.


  1. ^ a b "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-06. 
  2. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 1. 
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Monhegan Island Lighthouse, Maine". The Museum's History: Lighthouse. Monhegan Museum. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 

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