One of the most famous lighthouses in the Acadia National Park area is Bass Harbor Head Light, located on Mount Desert Island near Tremont, Maine. It dates back to 1858 and is the only lighthouse accessible by car on the island. BY RON MACARTHUR
August 28, 2013
Bear Island Lighthouse sits atop a hill near North East Harbor, Maine. The present structure was built in 1889; the light was deactivated in 1981 and turned over to the Friends of Acadia National Park in 1989. It is privately leased. BY RON MACARTHUR
Egg Rock Light in Frenchman's Bay near Bar Harbor, built in 1875, was automated in 1976. The lighthouse is unique because the brick light tower sits in the middle of the former wooden light keeper's house. The entire island is now a bird sanctuary and favorite spot for seals. BY RON MACARTHUR
Mark Island/Winter Harbor Lighthouse, which operated from 1857 to 1933, is privately owned. BY RON MACARTHUR
We are drawn to lighthouses as reminders of a bygone era. More than 60 lighthouses dot the coast of Maine. That total is among the most of any state, but only about half of those in Michigan with more than 3,200 miles of shoreline along the Great Lakes.
Ron MacArthur has lived and worked in Sussex County all his life. As a journalist for more than 40 years, he has covered everything from county and town meetings to presidential visits. He also has a unique perspective having served as an elected official and lived on both sides of the county.