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New England Lighthouses | Photography Slide Show

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Who doesn’t love a lighthouse? These sturdy sentinels have become “must-sees” for every visitor to New England. See for yourself in this collection of reader-submitted photos of New England lighthouses.

Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island

Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island

Eric Full

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Bass Harbor, Maine.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Bass Harbor, Maine.

Brenda Darroch

Great Point Light, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Great Point Light, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Kevin Armstrong

Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Roxie Zwicker

Fort Point Light, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Fort Point Light, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Jeff Folger

Beavertail Light, Jamestown, Rhode Island

Beavertail Light, Jamestown, Rhode Island

Luis Lebron

Aquinnah Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Aquinnah Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Patrick Morrissey

Nubble Light, York, Maine

Nubble Light, York, Maine

D. Lewis

Race Point, Provincetown, Massachusetts

Race Point, Provincetown, Massachusetts

Denis Tangney

Ned's Point Light, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts

Ned’s Point Light, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts

Janice Drew

Burnt Cove Harbor Light, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Burnt Cove Harbor Light, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Ken Packie

Aquinnah Light, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Aquinnah Light, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Judith Secco

Brant Point Light, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Brant Point Light, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Larry Tocci

Scituate Light, Scituate, Massachusetts

Scituate Light, Scituate, Massachusetts

Jeff Folger

Portland Head Light, Portland, Maine

Portland Head Light, Portland, Maine

Catherine Scott

Owl's Head Light, Owl's Head, Maine

Owl’s Head Light, Owl’s Head, Maine

Mark Valle

Marshall Point, Port Clyde, Maine

Marshall Point, Port Clyde, Maine

E. Carla Daigle

Scituate Light, Scituate, Massachusetts

Scituate Light, Scituate, Massachusetts

Jeff Folger

Plum Beach Light, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Plum Beach Light, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Christine Ruggieri

Halfway Rock Light, Casco Bay, Maine

Halfway Rock Light, Casco Bay, Maine

Libby Richardson

New London Ledge Light, New London, Connecticut

New London Ledge Light, New London, Connecticut

Erin Gill

Fort Point Lighthouse, Stockton Springs, Maine

Fort Point Lighthouse, Stockton Springs, Maine

David Bunkofske

Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Christine Morton

Heron Neck Light, Vinalhaven, Maine

Heron Neck Light, Vinalhaven, Maine

Christine Morton

Portland Breakwater "Bug" Light, Portland, Maine

Portland Breakwater “Bug” Light, Portland, Maine

Christine Morton

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  • Johnnie

    I truly love Light Houses, would really like to stay in a Light House for a Vacation!

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  • Sharon

    These lighthouses are just magnificent. Are there any lighthouses on the West Coast?

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  • So beautiful I am sending the lighthouses on to Janet and Bill!!!

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  • We love lighthouses especially Nubble at Yotk Beach Marie & Leon Gennett Plattsburgh,NY

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  • Lighthouses are one of my passions, symbols of strength and safety

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  • Bonnie

    They are beautiful, I really like your e-mails. Thanks so much

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  • Christine

    I am addicted to lighthouses, I will be forwarding some that I’ve have photographed recently, hope you enjoy :-) My husband and I have traveled the coast of Maine from the southern end all the way up to Quoddy Head in Lubec, this year even across the bridge to Campobello Island, what a beautiful lighthouse there (East Quoddy Head)!

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  • Rosalie

    Double Wow! These pictures are great, some of them truly outstanding! VT has their share of lakes – watch for Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Events and come visit the 400th year of its founding- but lighthouses are nil. These bring back memories of when I lived in other places nearer the ocean. Thanks, everyone! They are lovely pictures.

    Roz hom2vt@gmail.com

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  • Yes Sharon, there are lighthouses on the West Coast — all up and down just as in the East. We also have lighthouses on our inland Lake Havasu in Arizona — all the ones on the east side of the lake are smaller replicas of those on the East Coast and those on the west side of the lake are replicas of those on the West Coast. Those on islands in the middle are replicas of those on the Great Lakes.

    Pearl tucsonfolks@hotmail.com

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  • I absolutely love these photo’s. Everyone is gorgeous. Thank you so much.

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  • Constance

    The photograph entitled Halfway Rock Light is actually the Ram Island lighthouse, off Cape Elizabeth. Halfway Rock marks the halfway point between the easternmost & westernmost points of Casco Bay; the lighthouse is white.

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  • Shirley

    I have photos of two lighthouses in Virginia Beach. They are the Cape Henry lighthouses. Would be nice if we could submit lighthouses from all over. I love them too.

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  • When I see a lighthouse, I think of life, hope, safety, and home. They are a calming effect that says “it’s okay, I’m here to guide you and you are safely home.” Absolutely lovely. I agree with Johnnie Greene in that one of my fondest dreams is living in a lighthouse and watching as the ships pass by. God bless you all.

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  • You can stay overnight at Rose Island Lighthouse, In Rhode Island, and serve as the lighthouse keeper during your stay. Very popular; sign up way in advance!

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  • Patricia

    Love the lighthouses. Always so enjoyable to see them. They are the silent sentries keeping ships safe.

    Every time we go to Cape Cod, we ALWAYS stop at Chatham Light. Every Wednesday for several hours a day, the Coast Guard opens the lighthouse during July and August.

    Thanks for the great pictures.

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  • Beatiful lighthouses, I have a collection of them.I have never seen a real one. Some day I hope.

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  • In a previous career I was a Coast Guard officer who had the good fortune to visit most of the lights from Point Judith up to West Quoddy Head. I agree with the other commenter that the one shot is Ram Island Ledge Light off Portland Harbor. The Keeper’s House on Isle au Haut was a great inn, but I am not sure if they are still in operation. It’s been 8 years since I stayed there.

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  • The Light titiled Halfway Rock, Is actually Ram Island Ledge. This light is located off of Portland Head in Cape Elizabeth. C Jorden said this was Ram Island Light which is located in Boothbay, off Lineakin Point.

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  • Donald

    Regarding light houses in Vermont. The Shelburne Museum in Shelburne VT has an exhibit on the Colchester Reef lighthouse which is due to reopen at the end of July. This was moved to the museum from Lake Champlain in the 1950’s. Its having some foundation work done. The light house is near another great exhibit the steamboat Ticonderoga. http://www.shelburnemuseum.org/
    Two Vermont Lighthouses are active though on private land and not public.
    Isle la Motte, northern Lake Champlain and Windmill Point Light in Alburg, Vermont
    These two lighthouses were unused for 70 years and relit in 2002.

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  • Re: VT & Lake Champlain – there are also two reconstructed towers on the Burlington breakwaters, plus at least two of the three on Lake Memphranog (YOU GUYS SPELL IT!), up on the Canadian border, have been revived. Lk Champlain has 6 more on the NY side. For those of you who think of Maine as the Lighthouse State – NY has 30 more standing towers today than Maine does. Yes, as a transplanted Yankee it’s hard to admit that, but it is true. A new book, “Light-Keepers of Lake Champlain” is available through the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (lcmm.org).

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  • Robyn-Ann

    Isn’t there a dryland lighthouse on Greylock Mountain in Massachusetts? (near North Adams & Williamstown area)

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