Whaleback Day on September 10, 2016, 1 to 5 p.m.

Maine Open Lighthouse Day is a popular annual event, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism, and the American Lighthouse Foundation. The event attracts between 15,000 […]

Maine Open Lighthouse Day is a popular annual event, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism, and the American Lighthouse Foundation. The event attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each year and offers the general public the rare opportunity to climb and learn about over two dozen historic Maine lights. Click here for more information on Maine Open Lighthouse Day.

During a Sept. 7 visit to Whaleback Light: L to R: Volunteer Bobbie Stevenson, director-at-large Ed Stevenson, historic preservation architect Deane Rykerson, operations manager Jeremy D'Entremont, chairman Ron Kolek, director-at-large Sharon White, director-at-large E.J. Warren.

We are working toward an ultimate goal of opening Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery, Maine, for public tours, but we need to improve the landing facilities to make public access safe and secure. Because we can’t take visitors to Whaleback Lighthouse yet, we’re opening Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, NH, for a special “Whaleback Day” open house on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Whaleback Lighthouse can be easily seen from Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, at a distance of about a mile. During the open house on Sept. 10, volunteers will tell visitors about the history of Whaleback Lighthouse and about our plans for restoration and public access.

No reservations are needed for the open house at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse; tours are on a first come, first served basis. Children must be 42 inches tall to climb to the top, and adults are not permitted to carry children up the stairs. Visitors get to climb to the lantern room to enjoy the magnificent view and to see the fourth-order Fresnel lens up close. Volunteers will tell visitors about the history of the light station, and there will be souvenirs for sale.

There are 44 stairs to the watch room and a 7-rung ladder to the lantern room. Flat shoes (not sandals or flip-flops) are strongly recommended to climb the ladder into the lantern room.

You can click here for more information on our open houses at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, which will continue on Sundays through Columbus Day weekend in October.

Click here for directions.