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West Quoddy Head Light, Lubec
Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
West Quoddy Head, in Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec, Maine, is the easternmost point of the contiguous United States. Since 1808, there has been a lighthouse there to guide ships through the Quoddy Narrows. The current one, with distinctive red-and-white stripes, was built in 1858, and is an active aid to navigation. Photographs and paintings of this lighthouse are frequently reproduced. The 3rd order Fresnel lens is the only 3rd order and one of only eight Fresnel lenses still in use on the Maine Coast.The light station was added to the National Register of Historic Places as West Quoddy Head Light Station on July 4, 1980.DescriptionWest Quoddy Head is an easterly-pointing peninsula in southeastern Lubec, overlooking Quoddy Narrows, a strait between Lubec and Campobello Island, Canada, that provides access to Passamaquoddy Bay and harbors located on the St. Croix River and other rivers which the empty into the bay. Most of the peninsula is part of Quoddy Head State Park, and the light station is located near the southern end of its eastern face.Put West Quoddy Head Light at the forefront of your travel plans using our Lubec itinerary planner.
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One of the most famous of the U.S. lighthouses, West Quoddy head light is well worth a visit. Inside you will meet Dennis Day, a former Coast Guardsman and all around good guy, who will help with loca... read more »
Having been to the NW tip of the state of Washington and Key West, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse was next on our list of farthest points in the contiguous United States. We met charming people here from... read more »
It was such a great treat to see the sunrise at West Quoddy during my stay in Lubec. There are trails that go through the woods and ocean as well as a few places to bring a picnic. A definite visit fo... read more »
The easternmost point in the United States is right here! The lighthouse is great, and has good charm, and it still works! There are some trails, which are nice, and a visitor center, where you can learn about the history of the lighthouse. If your looking for souvenirs, go to West Quoody Gifts. There is a Maine state park stamp in the visitor center. It's definitely worth the trip to this lighthouse! The best time to go is on a cloudy, cool morning, but not too foggy. You get the essence of what it's like to be a lighthouse keeper. It's about half hour from Rte. 1, but worth it.
It's so cool to see an iconic landmark and be able to go in and take pictures. The scenery is amazing. Knowing you're at the easternmost point of the continental US makes you realize how big the state is.
Timothy Ford Malone
Easternmost point of the contiguous United States. Worth stopping by just for that. There is a petty good museum also and a gift shop.
I absolutely love that place, even in the fog 'cause I got to hear the fog horn!!😄
Out of the way, but we'll worth the trip if you like lighthouses.
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