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Squirrel Point Lighthouse

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Squirrel Point Lighthouse - Arrowsic, Maine

Photo by Lou Kellenberger
Lou Kellenberger Photography

   Used as an early trade route into the interior of Maine, the Kennebec River flows southward from the Augusta area, through Merrymeeting Bay and out into the Atlantic Ocean. Arrowsic Island is surrounded by the mouth of the Kennebec and was one of the first settlements in the state. Squirrel Point Lighthouse, a popular landmark on the Kennebec Lighthouse Tour, marks the southern tip of Arrowsic Island.
   Surviving since the time when it was first built in 1898, the lighthouse saw only minor improvements during its long history. The small wooden framed tower and light station is a strong testament to the light station builder, able to stand up to the coastal environment for 120 years. A strong controversy began in 1996, when a non-profit group took possession of the light-station. A few years later, the property was placed on the market for sale, with a half a million dollar price tag. A great furor erupted as local residents cried foul! It wasn't settled until 2005, when the U.S. Federal District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby restored order. The judge concluded that the property would revert back to the U.S. Federal Government, managed through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.

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