Yesterday while The Girl and I were out running errands, we decided to take a little detour and check out the Doubling Point Lighthouse in Arrowsic, Maine and I’m so glad we did!
Out of all the lighthouses we’ve visited here in Maine over the past few years, this one was such a treat because not only was it a bit secluded and free of tourists, but the lighthouse and walkway itself was in tip top shape.
Built in 1898, to fulfil the need for light and fog signals along the lower segments of the Kennebec river, the Doubling Point Light was one of 4 new light stations built at the time.
“When first built, the Doubling Point Light Station consisted of an octagonal lighthouse, a keeper’s dwelling, a small barn, and a fog bell tower. In 1899 the lighthouse was moved from its original foundation to its present location at the end of a long catwalk that extends through the marsh and into the Kennebec River.
The original foundation for the lighthouse tower still lies on a rock ledge at the eastern edge of the station property. In 1901 a boathouse was built, and in 1902, the lighthouse’s original lens lantern was replaced by a state-of-the-art, fifth-order fresnel lens. In 1906 a brick oil house was added, and the station was finally complete.”
In August of 1935, the Doubling Point Light Station, with the exception of the lighthouse itself, was sold to a private owner for $2,200 and still remains in private hands today.
The grounds of the lighthouse are open from 9-5 daily for visitors and the residents of the keeper’s cottage are happy to answer questions, if they are available. A small wooded path to the left of the keeper’s cottage leads the way down to the lighthouse.
A lighthouse in your very own backyard… can you imagine?
Doubling Point Lighthouse, it’s just another reason to visit Maine. 🙂
Have a great day,
Doubling Point Lighthouse
Doubling Point Rd
Arrowsic, ME 04530