Dice Head Lighthouse

Castine, Maine - 1829 (1829**)

Photo of the Dice Head Lighthouse.

History of the Dice Head Lighthouse

The old Dice Head Lighthouse marks the entrance to the Penobscot River. It is from a time long ago when old salty dogs would go out on the sea trading, and the sound of musket fire could be heard in the distance.

The musket fire has long since passed, but the Dice Head lighthouse and Keeper's quarters still remain. The current tower was built in 1829 out of rubble stone, remodeled in 1858 and has long since been dark, replaced by an automated light tower. One interesting and somewhat odd note was that in 1858 the was tower was changed to an octagonal shape by encasing the tower in a wooden sheathed frame. This wood was removed in the late 1870s. Pretty strange.

Directions: From the Town of Castine, follow Battle Ave south to the end. At the end, where Battle Ave meets Dyces Head Road, you will see the lighthouse.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 51.00'
Focal Plane: 130'
Active Aid to Navigation: Deactivated (1937)
*Latitude: 44.38300 N
*Longitude: -68.81900 W
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* Please note that all GPS coordinates are approximated and are meant to put you in the vicinity of the lighthouse, not for navigation purposes.

** This year denotes a station date. This is the year that a lighthouse was first reported in the vicinity or at that location.

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