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Name: Perkins Island Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Georgetown, Maine, United States

Location: Near the mouth of the Kennebec River.

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Managing Organization:
American Lighthouse Foundation


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 565
Maine, United States

In 2014, the exterior of the keeper’s house, which has been owned by the State of Maine since the 1960s, and was in a severe state of disrepair, was restored thanks to a generous financial donation by local area residents Tom and Jaana Sheehan. In 2000, through a grant, local volunteers were able to restore the bell tower. Also, in 2000, the Coast Guard leased the lighthouse tower only to the American Lighthouse Foundation and a local chapter, The Friends of Perkins Island Lighthouse, was formed shortly thereafter. The tower was painted by the nonprofit in 2014. The fog bell was restored in 2013 and is now on display in front of the Georgetown Central High School in Georgetown, Maine.

Tower Height: 23

Height of Focal Plane: 41

Characteristic and Range: Flashing red every 2.5 seconds with two white sectors.

Description of Tower: Octagonal white wood tower with black cast iron lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1898 two story wood keeper's house, 1902 pyramidal fog bell tower, 1906 brick oil house, 1898 barn, 1901 boathouse.

Date Established: 1898

Date Present Tower Built: 1898

Date Automated: 1959

Optics: 1898: Fifth order Fresnel lens; now 250 mm.

Fog Signal: 1902: Fog bell and striking machinery in pyramidal tower.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

The lighthouse can be seen across the Kennebec River at Parker Head in Phippsburg, off ME 209. From US Route 1 in Bath go south on ME 209. Continue to Phippsburg (six miles) and trun left on Parker Head Road. Continue about 2.6 miles to Parker Head Village. The lighthouse can be seen from here, but it is best seen from the water. The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath offers a number of cruises that pass the lighthouse. Call (207) 443-1316 for information. From Boothbay Harbor, Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch and Scenic Harbor Cruises offers a three hour Kennebec River-Bath cruise that passes Perkins Island and several other lighthouses. The cruise runs from July to September on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call (207) 633-3244 or (800) 636-3244 for times and reservations.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Eugene Osgood (c. 1930s); Clarence Skolfield (1946-1955).


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