|It's early spring in this photo by Maine lighthouses and beyond - click|
Local fishermen started to lobby for a beacon in 1789, the light was built in 1832 to establish a shipping lane through the Fox Islands Thorofare. The light has been renovated several times in the intervening years, the original plans included a covered walkway from the keepers house to the tower.
In 1987 Brown's Head became the last lighthouse is Maine to be automated, the property was given to the Town by the U S Coast Guard, and the light still belongs to the service (for upkeep).
The first occupant under the new agreement was Sue Lessard, she loved the view and the uniqueness of the arrangement but had trouble adjusting to the fog horn.
"I thought I was being attacked by God knows what," she told the Portland Press-Herald. For one three-week stretch in July 1996, the fog horn sounded nonstop. Lessard later said she barely noticed the sound after a while. Sue Lessard left the island in 2001 to become Town Manager of Hampden, Maine, from which she just retired.
|1950. US Coast Guard photo.|
|An early post card maybe c.1930|
|The late 1800's, photo from USCG archives.|