Leaving Portland behind we drive north again along our highway through Falmouth on Route 1, once more driving close to the coast, while keeping an eye out for those tree lined boulevards of Maine postcards fame. The north Atlantic coast is as beautiful here as before and in fact, the further we traverse north, the more rugged and beautiful it begins to get. We will soon pass through the town of Freeport, heading into the larger town of Brunswick, once home to a naval air station, once again another quiet pretty coastal town of Maine.
On this the third leg of our journey, we find that most of our lighthouses are actually of the coast and located on islands in the jagged coastline that forms the estuary of the Kennebec River and the many jagged islands that make up this part of the coast of Maine. The first of these in your list of five, Halfway Rock, is actually about 11 miles east of Portland, in Casco Bay, well away from the coast. The rest are along the coast as we drive further up Route 1` towards Bath and further.
The route from Brunswick takes us to Bath and across the bridge from where we head south on highway 209 past Phippsburg to get to the southern point to see Seguin Light, two and a half miles south from Popham beach State park. Close to the east, from this same beach, and about a mile up the coast is also Pond Lighthouse.
From here we can drive back to Bath, cross the bridge to Woolwich and follow the 127 south to Georgetown Island and on to Reid State Park where across Sheepscot bay is Cuckold Light. Also located off the west of the island, almost due west from Josephine Newman Audubon Sanctuary, is Perkin Light.
We will now follow the 127 back to Woolwich and rejoin Route one, heading Northwest to Wiscasset, to seek further lighthouses off Route 1 of Maine.
11) Halfway Rock Lighthouse: Established 1871
Halfway Rock is located in Casco Bay, roughly halfway between Cape Elizabeth and Cape Small in Phippsburg, giving the light its name. This light is inaccessible to the public. It can be distantly seen from Portland Observatory on Munjoy Hill in Portland and from some boat cruises.
12) Seguin Island Light: Established 1796
This light is located near Popham beach a half mile south of the Kennebec River, nearest to the town of Georgetown. The island is open to private boaters, and the lighthouse is open for occasional tours. It can be viewed from Popham Beach or visited by boat. Seguin Island Light is known for its abundance of ghost stories as well as one of the foggiest places in the world. It is the lighthouse highest above sea level in Maine.
13) Pond Island Lighthouse: Established 1821
Pond Island Light is located near Popham Beach south of the Kennebec River mouth, nearest to the town of Georgetown. The light is inaccessible to the public but can be viewed by boat cruises in the area. This lighthouse is the second-oldest lighthouse in Maine.
14) Cuckold’s Lighthouse: Established 1907
This light is located near the Boothbay Harbor approach off of Cape Newagen, nearest to the town of Southport. This light is not accessible to the public, but can be viewed from a public landing in Southport or by boat cruises in the area. Cuckold’s Light was one of the last lighthouses to be built among the Maine coastline.
15) Perkins Island Lighthouse: Established 1898
This located is on Perkins Island in the Kennebec River in Georgetown. It is not accessible to the public but can be viewed by boat cruises in Boothbay Harbor. This lighthouse is part of the American Lighthouse Foundation.
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