Fort Point Light, Stockton Springs

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#19 of 19 in Historic Sites in Mid Coast Maine
The Fort Point Light, or Fort Point Light Station, is located in Fort Point State Park, in Stockton Springs, Maine. A lighthouse at this point has served as an active aid to navigation since 1835; the present lighthouse dates to 1857, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.SettingFort Point State Park is located at the easternmost tip of Cape Jellison, a triangular peninsula which juts into Penobscot Bay at the mouth of the Penobscot River. The 120acre park, established in 1974, includes, in addition to the lighthouse and related station buildings, the ruins of Fort Pownall, built in 1757. The lighthouse is set just southwest of the easternmost point of the peninsula, and south of the fort's remains.DescriptionThe light station consists of a lighthouse with integrated keeper's house, a barn, an oil house, and a bell house. The square brick lighthouse tower is 26ft in height (measured to the height of the lantern), with a square parapet surrounding the octagonal lantern house. The lantern house is capped by an octagonal roof with a spherical ventilator. A narrow single-story brick work room connects the tower to the keeper's house, a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure with its main gable oriented north-south. Its main facade, facing west, is three bays wide, with the entrance set in the rightmost bay in an enclosed projecting gabled vestibule. A single story ell projects to the building's rear.Just east of the house stands a small barn, that is known to have been standing here since the 1890s. Also standing to the west is the small brick oilhouse, with a single door in one side, and pent gable ends on its roof. Further to the east stands the bell house, a roughly pyramidal wood frame structure finished in wooden shingles. The oil house was built in 1897, the bell house in 1890.
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  • August 6, 2017
    We spent a few minutes at the lighthouse and a few hours at the park scrambling over rocks looking in tide pools, walking the pier and trails, reading about the fort. It's a great little park.  more »
  • September 22, 2016
    My husband & I stopped by to see the lighthouse. It's pretty but I've seen better..you can't get too close to it because it's a private residence  more »
  • August 23, 2016
    In reading some of the reviews, do not understand how you cannot revel in the history of them. How do you suggest to not visit them. Men and woman spent there lives in some of these and saved so many ...  more »
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  • July 7, 2016
    The lighthouse is pretty to see from the adjacent state park but it is a private residence so you can not actually visit the lighthouse. We wouldn't have come if we would have known. Plus there is a $4/person entrance fee into state park :(
  • October 5, 2016
    Not worth the fee. Lighthouse is private. View is ok, but not worth the drive.
  • May 3, 2016
    Well maintained and preserved, one of the lesser known gems of Maine's lighthouses.
  • October 20, 2013
    Fort Point was the first river light in Maine. The original tower which was conical shaped was built in 1836. It was torn down and the current square tower replaced it in 1857. The 4th order Fresnel lens is still in use. The Coast Guard continues to maintain this as an active lighthouse. Maine's Bureau of Parks and Lands owns the light station which is part of Fort Point State Park
  • June 11, 2016
    Great views and lots of apple trees 😀

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