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Your Chance to Own a Real, Working Lighthouse

Maine's Rockland Harbor Southwest Lighthouse Is for Sale


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Originally built by lighthouse buff Bruce Woolett, a Maine dentist, the lighthouse warns mariners of the dangerous Seal Ledge, in Rockland Harbor, with its amber beam that flashes an eight mile beam.

Woolett, a former Navy pilot, tried to buy one of the Twin Lights of Maine a number of years ago. When that failed, he decided to build his own lighthouse.

He researched numerous lighthouse architectural plans and eventually came up with his own design. Inside the lantern room is a fifth order lens which is now operated by the Coast Guard.

Originally, the Coast Guard leased the lighthouse but, today it is operated as a private aid to navigation. The Coast Guard does stop by from time to time for inspections.

Only about 150 people a year stop and visit the lighthouse, since most people don't know where it is. However, when they do stop by, Bruce lets them climb the tower and sign the guest book. He even has a few souvenirs of the lighthouse available for purchase.

The keeper's quarters below the lighthouse tower now serves as guest accommodations and many people have spent the night here.

The Wooletts live in the main house which has panoramic views of Rockland Harbor from the living room, dining room and master bedroom.

So, friends, if you really want to own a lighthouse, this is, again, another opportunity to do so. The Rockland area would be a great place to live, whether it be for retirement or raising a family.

The original asking price of $358,000 has now been lowered to $289,000. For additional information, you can call Nancy Foster at 207-236-9626.

This story appeared in the October 1997 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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