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BROWNS HEAD LIGHT

State: MAINE
Location: NW END OF VINALHAVEN ISLAND
Nearest City: VINALHAVEN
County: KNOX
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1832


Browns Head Light
U.S. Coast Guard photo
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1857
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1987
  • Foundation Materials: NATURAL/EMPLACED
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CYLINDRICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 20
  • Original Optic: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1857
  • Present Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1902
  • Height of Focal Plane: 39
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1832
  • Description: RUBBLESTONE TOWER
  • Fate/Disposition: TORN DOWN AND NEW TOWER BUILT IN SAME LOCATION IN 1857
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO (DISMANTLED)
  • Year Constructed:
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
  • Architectural Style: PYRAMIDAL BELL TOWER
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN/ORIG. BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1857
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: COTTAGE
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: OIL HOUSE (1903)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION / RESIDENCE FOR TOWN MANAGER

Owner/Manager: TOWN OF VINALHAVEN W/USCG ACCESS TO OPTIC

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #83000460
Name of Listing: BROWNS HEAD LIGHT STATION
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES, ME-184 (MARO)

Miscellaneous:
ORIGINAL FOG BELL IS IN VINALHAVEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM



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