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Portland Head Light Panoramic Picture - Maine Lighthouse

Portland Head Light Panoramic Picture - Maine Lighthouse

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This panoramic photograph of Portland Head Light was taken by James Blakeway. John Hancock first authorized construction of this 80-foot light in 1784. Delayed by insufficient funds, construction didn't begin until 1790. On January 10, 1791, George Washington appointed its first keeper. Portland Head was Maine 's first lighthouse and marks the state's busiest harbor, boasting historic significance and beauty, which make it possibly the most visited lighthouse in America. Worthy of note, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the celebrated American poet, found the peaceful beauty of the lighthouse well suited to writing poetry, choosing to write here often.
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Portland Head Light Panoramic Pictures

A historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Portland Head Light panoramas capture the beauty of one of the oldest lighthouses still in operation in the U.S., first lit in 1791. While the station is owned and completely automated by the U.S. Coast Guard, the keepers' house at Fort Williams Park has been converted to a maritime museum. Construction of the buildings was first authorized by John Hancock in 1784, and overseen by first President George Washington through 1791. Built of rubblestone, it was one of the first construction efforts undertaken by the federal government that received appropriation funding from the Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.

Portland Head Light pictures feature one of the most important fixtures in the history of the East Coast, with importance in maritime security both throughout the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. With scenery influential to many, it is worth noting it as the site of inspiration for American artists and writer such as celebrated American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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