Lighthouses are an iconic symbol of maritime culture, especially on the East Coast. The oldest lighthouse in Maine, Portland Head Light, located in Cape Elizabeth, dates back to the late 1700s. Through the 1800s and mid-1900s, lighthouses were used to help sailors navigate the seas. Our favorite way to learn more about the cultural and historical significance of lighthouses near Camden, Maine, is to visit local lighthouse museums. Browse two of our favorites below.
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Visit These Museums to Learn About Historic Lighthouses Near Camden, Maine
Historically, lighthouses were an especially popular navigation tool in Maine, the second most lighthouse-abundant state in the U.S., only preceded by Michigan. Today, there are 65 lighthouses scattered across the Maine Coast for visitors to view. Or, you can visit the lighthouse museums below for a lesson on their historical and cultural significance in this area. Be sure to visit one or both spots when you travel to Camden, Maine.
Maine Lighthouse Museum
The Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, Maine, is one of the best places to visit to learn about Maine’s lighthouses. This lighthouse museum features exhibits that highlight the importance of these structures to the U.S. Coast Guard, lady lightkeepers, and more. It’s an affordable activity, too. Museum tickets are $8 per adult entry, $6 for seniors, and free of charge for children.
Grindle Point Sailor’s Museum and Lighthouse
Grindle Point Sailor’s Museum and Lighthouse is located in Islesboro, Maine, just about an hour’s drive from Camden. During your visit, you can tour Grindle Point Lighthouse, which offers peaceful views of the Penobscot Bay. The on-site museum does a great job of highlight Midcoast Maine’s maritime history, with nautical artifacts like antiques and art. This lighthouse museum is only open from July through Labor Day, so it’s a great activity for your summer in Camden, Maine.
Other Lighthouses Near Camden Maine
Other lighthouses near the town of Camden, Maine, include:
- Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
- Marshall Point Lighthouse
- Curtis Island Lighthouse
- Owls Head Lighthouse
Reserve a Room at the Camden Maine Stay Inn
Come back to the Camden Maine Stay Inn after a day exploring lighthouses near Camden, Maine. Our Camden, Maine, bed and breakfast offers charming and romantic guest rooms, first-class amenities, daily gourmet breakfast, a park-like garden, and the most friendly service.
Consider a stay in the Dogwood Room. This spacious room is located on the first floor of the Inn and features a queen-size bed, a private bathroom, two reading chairs, and peaceful views of the Inn’s garden. This room also boasts wide-plank wood floors that are original to the home.
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