Owls Head Light

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Owls Head Light Station
Owls Head Light ME.jpg
Owls Head Light Station is located in Maine
Owls Head Light Station
Owls Head Light Station
Location Owls Head, Maine
Coordinates 44°5′32.058″N 69°2′38.490″W / 44.09223833°N 69.04402500°W / 44.09223833; -69.04402500Coordinates: 44°5′32.058″N 69°2′38.490″W / 44.09223833°N 69.04402500°W / 44.09223833; -69.04402500
Year first constructed 1826
Year first lit 1826
Automated 1989
Foundation Granite
Construction Brick
Tower shape Cylindrical
Markings / pattern white with black lantern
Focal height 100 feet (30 m)
Current lens 4th order Fresnel lens[1]
Range 16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
Characteristic Fixed white
Fog signal HORN: 2 every 20s
USCG number


Owls Head Light Station
Nearest city Owls Head, Maine
Architect Green & Foster and Jeremiah Barry
Governing body U.S. Coast Guard
NRHP Reference # 78000183[5]
Added to NRHP January 18, 1978
1998 photo

Owls Head Light is a lighthouse located in Owls Head, Maine at the entrance of Rockland Harbor on Western Penobscot Bay. The lighthouse was established in 1826. It is operated by the United States Coast Guard and it is also part of Owls Head Light State Park.


The lighthouse was designed by Green & Foster and Jeremiah Barry and constructed in 1826. It is a 30-foot (9.1 m) tall cylindrical brick tower on a granite foundation standing on top a cliff. It has one of the last six Fresnel lenses in operation in Maine.[1]

In 1854, a keeper's house was built separate from the lighthouse. The cottage now serves as Coast Guard housing. A fourth order Fresnel lens, in use until recently, was installed in 1856. A generator house and an oil storage building were added in 1895.

The light station was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Owls Head Light Station in 1978.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Classical Lenses in Operation" (PDF). US Coast Guard. 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. 36. 
  3. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-08. 
  4. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2009-10-09). "Lighthouses of the United States: Southern Maine". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  5. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.