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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pemaquid Point + Fort Point

pemaquid point maine

Life has been serving up stress and mundanity for Spencer and I lately but thankfully we've still found time for some little adventures. We recently crossed 2 places off of our to-do list, and both of them involved lighthouses.

pemaquid point maine

First we headed to Pemaquid Point, located in Bristol, which is a pretty popular spot for tourists, but we arrived just as they opened so it wasn't too crowded. There is a $3/person fee and other than the lighthouse, you'll find the Fisherman's Museum and the Pemaquid Art Gallery. The views alone are worth the entry fee. Pemaquid Point is famous for the rocky cliffs, which I almost loved as much as I loved the panoramic view of the ocean. This was an unplanned trip, so I was wearing flats which certainly weren't the best shoes for walking on the jagged rocks.

pemaquid point light

The lighthouse itself was first built in 1827, commissioned by President John Quincy Adams, and is owned by the Coast Guard and managed by the Friends of Pemaquid Point Light, so it is open to tour the inside whenever the park is open. It's safe to say that Pemaquid Point is one of the most popular attractions in Maine's Midcoast region, and it's easy to see why.

fort point state park

Then we headed about 30 miles north of Camden to the town of Stockton Springs where Fort Point State Park is. We didn't know much about it before we went, only that there was a lighthouse and it wasn't a very popular state park (compared to our local Camden Hills State Park, at least.) There was no ranger at the gate, only a box to drop the fee in, and we only encountered 4 other people while we were there. We found an informational plaque, read up on the history of the park, and found out that the area was settled in 1759 when Governor Pownall brought 400 men to build a fort to defend the area during the French and Indian War. The fort saw no action during the war, then in 1872 a luxury hotel was built there, which burned down in 1898. Now the park is just home to the ruins of the fort, Fort Point Light, and trails. The lighthouse, built in 1857, is private and occupied by the lighthouse keeper as this is an active lighthouse. 

fort point state park

We didn't have time to explore the trails or the beach but this is a decent-sized, beautiful, and secluded park. I definitely think it's a mistake to pass it up, especially if you need a break from the insanely-crowded parks that are more popular with tourists. It's only about 3 miles off Route 1, so if you're passing through, check it out!

pemaquid point maine

Summer is off to a good start, I'd say!...even though it's still technically spring. 

Where are you adventuring this summer? Tell me in the comments!
4 comments on "Pemaquid Point + Fort Point"
  1. Your photos are SO beautiful! We will be doing our usual summer plans - and heading up to Muskoka in Ontario, Canada to enjoy the beautiful scenery up there!


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    1. Thank you! & that sounds awesome! It's been soooo long since I've been to Canada, I'm dying to go back.

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