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The Most Charming Lighthouses in New England

Of America’s roughly 1,000 lighthouses, more than 150 rest dutifully on the craggy coast of the small but mighty Northeast. Time for a scenic tour, guys!



On the shores of the ninety-acre Fort Williams Park, you’ll find the Portland Head Light, a historic Cape Elizabeth mainstay that’s open year round from sunrise to sunset. Originally built in 1787 on a modest budget of $ 750 (with John Hancock’s personal approval), it was lit with 16 whale oil lamps. Twenty-first-century visitors can tour the museum, with its artifacts and old-timey photographs, which is housed in the old keeper’s quarters.



Scituate Lighthouse, Scituate, Massachusetts


Believe it or not, the tiny, circa-1811 Scituate Lighthouse originally housed a family of 11 (including 9 children!) and all within an attached one-and-a-half-story house. Flip through your middle schooler’s textbook today, and you might just find the…

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