The first lighthouse in America was Boston Light on Little Brewster Island (1716). The original tower was destroyed by the British during the evacuation of Boston and eventually reconstructed in 1784. The oldest existing lighthouse in America is Sandy Hook Lighthouse, NJ (1764), which is still in operation. By the end of the 19th century, the United States with its long coastlines had the most lighthouses of any nation. Lighthouse keepers were needed to trim the wicks, replenish fuel, wind clockworks and perform maintenance tasks such as cleaning lenses and windows. The last manned lighthouse built in the U.S. was the Charleston Light constructed in 1962.
Lighthouses in Maine
Avery Rock Lighthouse, Machias Bay, Machias Baker Island Lighthouse, Mt. Desert Island/Somes Sound approach Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse,Mount Desert Island Bear Island Lighthouse, Bear Island Blue Hill Bay Lights, Green Island/Blue Hill Bay Boon Island Lighthouse, York Browns Head Lighthouse, NW end of Vinalhaven Island Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse, Hockamock Head/Swan's Island Burnt Island Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth Lights, Casco Bay entrance, Cape Elizabeth Cape Neddick (Nubble) Lighthouse, Cape Neddick, York Cuckolds Lighthouse, Boothbay Harbor approach
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