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Lighthouses, Fort Point

one of about seventy lightouses on the Maine coats, was established in 1836, a year after the U.S. Government purchased ten acres of land on Fort Point in Stockton Springs. Joseph Berry of Georgetown built the tower and station for $2,500.

Earliest known phtotograph of Fort Pownal (1859)

Earliest known phtotograph of Fort Pownal (1859)

World War II Photo

World War II Photo

This structure was a cone-shaped tower build from granite blocks. The octagon shaped lantern room contained a lamp fueled by whale oil, stored in the tower.  In 1897 an oil house was built to store kerosene, which replaced the whale oil since it was cheaper and produced a brighter light.

Fort Point Light (2007)

Fort Point Light (2007)

Oil House (2007)

Oil House (2007)

The light was electrified in 1952 with a 250 watt bulb illuminating a Fresnel lens that can be seen ten miles down Penobscot Bay.

Fog Bell House (2007)

Fog Bell House (2007)

Fog Bell House (2007)

Fog Bell House (2007)

Adjoining the lighthouse, Fort Point State Park features the ruins of Fort Pownall.

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