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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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Kennebec River Range Lighthouses

     Formerly called the Doubling Point Range Light, this octagonal wooden structure sits 235 yards from an identically shaped rear light along the Kennebec River on Arrowsic Island. It is one of four lights located along the river that guided ships from the Atlantic Ocean to the shipbuilding town of Bath, Maine. (The others are Doubling Point Light, Perkin's Island Light, and Squirrel Point Light.)

Forward Lighthouse
Rear Lighthouse

     The Kennebec River Range Lights were among the very last in the country to be automated. Until 1990 a keeper always tended the range, as well as the Doubling Point and Squirrel Point Lights.

Forward Light Viewed From Rear Light
      In addition to the Kennebec River Range, the Range Light Keepers have been entrusted with the care of an historic fog bell tower one-half mile upriver from the lights. Since the Coast Guard removed the bell in 1972, the pyramidical structure has fallen into disrepair. The Keepers have undertaken its restoration, with the help of friends, and believe that the bell tower is likely the only Fog Signal of its type undergoing complete restoration. It is the aim of the Keepers to replace the bell and the "clockworks" that drove the striker for many years.  

Forward Light & Keeper's House

Forward Light & Bell Tower (On Next Point)
       Directions:  From U.S. Route 1 in Woolwich, turn south onto ME 127.  After about 1.5 miles, just before the Arrowsic Town Hall, turn right onto Whitmore Landing Road to Doubling Point Road; bear left at the next fork amd continue on the narrow lane to the lights.  There is a boardwalk leading to the lighthouses.  These lights are seen on Kennebec River cruises from Boothbay Harbor or the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

Forward Light Viewed From Parking Lot

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