The Mission of the Bristol Lighthouse Committee
To reunite the Pemaquid Lighthouse Tower with Lighthouse Park, and to preserve and protect this spectacular piece of maritime history for present and future generations
There are few Maine icons as well known as the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point in Bristol, Maine. Rising eighty feet above the crashing surf, the beacon has protected ships from the dangerous rocks below for more than 180 years.
Today, the seven acre park at Pemaquid Point is owned by the Town of Bristol and operated by its Parks and Recreation Commission. For nearly 60 years, the town has maintained and preserved the property while welcoming more than 100,000 guests each year. These visitors can walk among picturesque gardens while taking in the spectacular views of Johns Bay, Muscongus Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. They can feel salt spray as they perch on the rocks or even enjoy a picnic in a grove of Spruce trees. Many visit the first floor of the keeper's house, home to the Fishermen's Museum, and its collection of photographs, information and artifacts showcasing the area's maritime history and culture. The nearby oil house and bell tower are open to the public and feature displays. Across an ample parking lot are an art gallery and the new Learning Center, featuring programs, classes and music during the summer months.