The "Nubble" light flashes red every six seconds, and has a range of thirteen nautical miles. It is nicknamed the Nubble because it stands on Nubble Island. The light station on the island was established on July 1, 1879 at a cost of $15,000. This included the tower, keeper's dwelling, various outbuildings, and the bell tower. The fog signal bell weighed in at 1200 lbs, and has since been removed from service.
It appears that people have been drawn to the "Nubble" light for close to century. From what I have read, the keeper of the light in 1912 made quite a business of ferrying people to the island to picnic. He would charge people $.10 a head for the ride over and back. And then his wife would charge an extra nickle per person for a guided tour of the keeper's house. Supposedly business was so good that they slacked off on their duties around the light and subsequently the keeper lost his job.
Supposedly you can wade over to the island during low tide, however, several books I have state that it is a violation of a York Ordinance.
Directions: The lighthouse sits on an island just off shore, but views from the mainland are possible. From Alt US-1 (Long Beach Ave.) in the Town of York Beach, head east on Nubble Road. Follow that to Sohier Park. From here, you can see the lighthouse out on an island just off shore. During low tide, several books report that it is possible to wade to the island. This is a violation of a York Ordinance, so please don't do it.
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