Cape Elizabeth Light, Cape Elizabeth

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Cape Elizabeth Light also known as Two Lights is a lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, at the southwestern entrance to Casco Bay in Maine.Only the eastern tower of the two that made up the light station until 1924 is active. The western tower is deactivated, but it is still standing and is privately owned.The facility is adjacent to Two Lights State Park, a 41acre state facility which allows a view of, but not access to, the grounds of the lighthouse. Until recently, the light used a second-order Fresnel lens.Cape Elizabeth Light, designed in the Gothic Revival style, was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Two Lights on December 27, 1974.HistoryThe area is known as "Two Lights" due to the history of the station. It was originally built in 1828 as two rubble stone towers apart. Steam-driven warning whistles were installed in the twin towers in 1869, the first used in North America. In 1874, both structures were replaced by conical towers made of cast-iron, each 67ft high and above sea level. Despite its twin beacons, Cape Elizabeth witnessed many shipwrecks. In January 1885, during a raging snowstorm, keeper Marcus A. Hanna made a daring rescue of two seamen from the schooner Australia, which had run aground on a nearby ledge.
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  • we were so happy to see the twin lighthouses . beautiful sight even though it was freezing cold. Must see  more »
  • Beautiful area --great views --wonderful way to see the gorgeous Maine coastline. Plan on spending several hours exploring the coast or just walk the park area.  more »
  • We came here thinking this was the location of the Portland Head Lamp. This isn't the iconic Lighthouse that you've seen pictures of. However, this place is an awesome place to see beautiful place to ...  more »
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  • I always end up here whenever I am in Portland!!! Beautiful views and so peaceful. It is in Fort Williams Park and plan to spend the day if you come here. The park is open year round and the lighthouse is fully maintained. It is well worth it to come back more than once in all types of weather. I can't resist coming her whenever I have a free moment. Every picture seems to come out different! The parking directly in front of the lighthouse is limited and I only use it in the winter. During the summer you are better off parking in the larger parking lots and walking around because the sights are amazing from all points!
  • The views here are breathtaking! It’s not so much a beach as a lot of stone layers that you have to maneuver done to get to the water, which is probably not safe to swim in with all the rocks. Still beautiful and worth the see! Would be a great place to walk along the beach (on the rocks).
  • Beautiful grounds, trails to hike. Williams park is huge, and has landmarks to visit as well. You can see ram ledge lighthouse fom this location. Postcard views.
  • One of the most scenic locations I've been to in the northeast. The lighhouse and shoreline is truly breathtaking.
  • The light house is within the private residence neighborhood and can’t go too near. But can be captured from a distance, actually I tried. No specific parking lot. You have to park at some restaurant on the edge luckily I got parking space. The view is so natural that ppl keep on taking pictures and stuff. 👍🏼 take care.
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