Fort Point Lighthouse, Stockton Springs

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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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  • My wife and I visited here on our trip to New England. This was located in a state park and it was not crowded at all! It was a great find and awesome views of the lighthouse. We didn't stay very long...  more »
  • In our quest to visit as many lighthouse in Maine as possible, we got off US 1, drove down some back roads to visit this one which was well worth it. A gray fall day so we had the place to ourselves f...  more »
  • Once a year they have open lighthouse day where you can go up into the lighthouse and view it from inside! We go at least once every year there is so much to do. View the lighthouse there is a fog bel...  more »
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  • 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 :(
  • Not worth the fee. Lighthouse is private. View is ok, but not worth the drive.
  • Well maintained and preserved, one of the lesser known gems of Maine's lighthouses.
  • 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
  • Great views and lots of apple trees 😀

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