CREDITS: I would like to thank Jeremy D'Entremont for providing much of the history one can find on this site. He is a speaker, author, historian, and tour guide who is widely recognized as the foremost authority on the lighthouses of New England. For a story on Jeremy or to visit his site (New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide), use the corresponding link in the right hand information bar under "Related Links".

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pumpkin Island Lighthouse

      Congress authorized the building of a lighthouse on tiny Pumpkin Island in 1852. The light in eastern Penobscot Bay marks the south side of the northwestern entrance to the body of water known as Eggemoggin Reach, which provides passage from Penobscot Bay to Jericho Bay and Blue Hill Bay. In the nineteenth century, this area was heavily traveled by vessels carrying lumber as well as summer pleasure craft.

     The light went into service on January 1, 1855. The station consists of a 25-foot brick tower and a 1 1/2-story Colonial Cape keeper's house, attached to the tower by a work shed.  An oil house was added in 1904; an 1885 boathouse was enlarged in 1906.

           In 1934, Pumpkin Island Light was one of several of Maine lighthouses that were discontinued and put up for auction by the government. George Harmon of Bar Harbor bought the station along with two others. Since then the island has passed through several private owners.  An automatic beacon near Pumpkin Island continues today as an aid to navigation. 

     Directions From U.S. Route 1 at Orland, turn south toward Castine / Deer Isle, onto ME 175.  Follow ME 175 / 165 south through Penobscot and Sangerville.  Turn right to Little Deer Isle, continue across the Deer Island suspension bridge.  Bear right at the end of the bridge onto Eggemoggin Road.  Continue 2.6 miles to the road’s end at a fishing pier near Eggemoggin Inn.  You can sit on the ledges, dip your feet in the ocean, and view the Pumpkin Island Lighthouse just off shore.  The best light for photography is in the morning.  Some of the schooners out of Rockland, Rockport, and Camden occasionally pass nearby.

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