Two Lights

Two Lights – Cape Elizabeth, Portland, Maine

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Cape Elizabeth EAST – 1874 (station established 1828). Active; focal plane 129 ft (39.5 m); 4 white flashes every 15 s (flashes separated by 2.5 s), day and night. 67 ft (20 m) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a square 1-story base; VRB-25 aerobeacon. Tower painted white, lantern and gallery painted black. Fog horn (2 blasts every 60 s). The original drum-style 2nd order Fresnel lens is on display at Cape Elizabeth Town Hall. The 2-story Victorian keeper’s house (1878), a private residence, was so drastically altered in 1999 that the Maritime Heritage Program lists the original building as “demolished.” Brick fog signal building (1886).  The light station is adjacent to but not part of Two Lights State Park. This lighthouse appears in a famous painting (1929) by Edward Hopper. In 2000, the tower was leased by the American Lighthouse Foundation for preservation. In 2006, ALF announced plans for restoration of the concrete base of the lighthouse and of the oil house, and this project was completed in the fall of 2008. Located at the end of Two Lights Road off ME 77 in Cape Elizabeth. Site and tower closed (gated community), but good views are available from the adjoining state park. Tower owner/operator: U.S. Coast Guard, site manager: American Lighthouse Foundation. Other buildings private. ARLHS USA-113; Admiralty J0208; USCG 1-0060.

Cape Elizabeth WEST – 1874 (station established 1828). Inactive since 1924. 67 ft (20 m) round cast iron tower with gallery (twin of the east tower), painted white. The lantern was removed and replaced by a 12-sided observation room during World War II. The lighthouse was sold in 1959 and has been in private hands since. Anderson has a good photo, and Google has a satellite view. The light station is adjacent to but not part of Two Lights State Park. Located 300 yards (275 m) west of the east tower. Site and tower closed (gated community), but distant views are available from the adjoining Two Lights State Park. Owner/site manager: private. ARLHS USA-115.

-From The Lighthouse Directory

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