Also known as the Nubble Lighthouse;
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The Cape Neddick Lighthouse Station was established in 1879 on a small off shore island known as "The Nubble" to guide Atlantic Coast mariners around the cape and to the York Harbor. This is the original tower and keepers house. The tower is built from cast iron plates and lined with brick. The original optic, a fourth order Fresnel Lens is still in use having been converted from kerosene to electric in 1938. The Lighthouse was automated in 1987.
The Cape Neddick Lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and continues to be an active aid to navigation. The ownership of the island and light station was transferred from the Coast Guard to the Town of York in 1998. The white 41 foot tall lighthouse with a black lantern continues to give a six second red flash five times every minute that is visible for 13 nautical miles.
December 2000 Issue, Riding A Box To School by Katherine Bailey. "The wooden box hung suspended over the crashing waves. It swayed as a gust of wind hit it. The rope on which the box rode sagged as it reached mid-channel. Ricky Winchester clutched the sides with his mittened hands, the roar of the surf filling his ears. On the island behind him, his dad hauled on the pulley-line. Ricky was on his way to school. To get there he had to cross the one hundred- yard channel between Nubble Lighthouse and the mainland. Beneath him swept the waves of the Atlantic."
In 1967 US Coast Guardsman David Winchester's innovative system for sending his son to school made the Boston Paper and lighthouse history. And once the Coast Guard Admiral in charge of the area lighthouses learned of it, new regulations were enacted so that it would never happen again! Please go to the Lighthouse Digest Magazine Archives for the full article. Lighthouse Digest magazine not only keeps the history of our lighthouses alive both in print and on line, but it is the best single source to keep current on all aspects of lighthouse preservation, news and events
The Cape Neddick "Nubble" Lighthouse is a very popular tourist destination and often described as the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. The Town of York's SOHIER PARK is located at the eastern tip of Cape Neddick and affords outstanding views of Nubble Island and the Cape Neddick Light station. In clear weather the Boon Island Lighthouse can also be seen 6 miles offshore to the southeast. In the winter season you may also see Harlequin Ducks diving in the surf around the rocky shoreline.
DIRECTIONS: From Route 1 in Cape Neddick turn east onto Rt 1A towards York Beach. After passing the stores and beach in York Beach turn left onto Broadway. Continue onto Nubble Rd to the entrance to Sohier Park. There is a traffic circle and parking at the end and the lighthouse can be viewed easily from your car in inclement weather. There is a seasonal restaurant as well as a visitor's center and public restrooms.
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