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Burnt Island Light
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Date Established: 1821
Date Present Tower Built: 1821
Date Automated: 1989
Height of Tower: 30 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 61 ft.
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Open to Public?: yes
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DescriptionThe Burnt Island Lighthouse in Boothbay Harbor is the second oldest standing lighthouse in the state of Maine. Only the Portland Head lighthouse built in 1791 is older than the 1821 Burnt Island tower. The walls at the base of Burnt Island are 4 feet thick and it has never been necessary to rebuild the tower.
The lighthouse has been completely restored and is now used in the summer months to educate students on lighthouse keepers and their families. The lighthouse is best seen from the water and a number of sight-seeing cruises out of Boothbay Harbor pass the lighthouse.
The lighthouse can also be seen from land by going east on Union Street from Boothbay Harbor. Turn right onto Atlantic Ave., which will become Grandview Road. You can see the lighthouse across the bay on the island to your right as you drive south on Grandview Road. The posted photo was taken from this position.