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Decorated for Christmas: Nubble Light

December 9, 2010 by Scott Gile


We decided to take our own advice from our previous blog post and visit Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York Beach. Also known as Nubble light, for the small island (“the Nubble”) it sits on, this lighthouse is immediately off shore, and easily viewed from a parking lot at the end of the mainland.

One of the wonderful features of the lighthouse is that it is lighted for Christmas (and again in July, for those unwilling to brave the December chill to see it). It was the Christmas lights we were after on this visit. It was a nice, clear evening, so everything was visible. It wasn’t terribly cold, about 30 degrees F, but the wind was blowing, so it was hard to use a bare hand to work the camera controls!

We arrived at the lighthouse shortly before sunset, and as the sun began to set, the sky behind the lighthouse developed a rose-colored glow.

In the photo above, the sun isn’t quite down and the lights have just come on. You can barely make out the white lights outlining the buildings and the tower.

As darkness begins to fall, the lights are more pronounced, giving the best of the daylight and dark views!

Now that it is dark, the lights making the outlines of the buildings can be clearly seen.

Now that is why we like visiting lighthouses in the winter!

Let’s Look at Lighthouses! Cape Neddick Light (the Nubble)

June 15, 2010 by Scott Gile

Cape Neddick Light, York, MaineQuite a few of Maine’s sixty-plus lighthouses are offshore on islands, making them accessible only by boat or visible only from the air. Cape Neddick Light is one of a few that are on islands, but are easily viewed from shore.

Cape Neddick Light is on a small island known as “The Nubble”, just offshore from Cape Neddick Point (in the village of York Beach, strangely enough, not in the village of Cape Neddick). The lighthouse was first established, and the lantern lit, in 1879. There had been talk of putting a lighthouse on the Nubble since 1807, but even with later wrecks, the decision was that there were enough lighthouses in the area to protect shipping. One of the wrecks, the Isadore, wrecked nearby in 1842, is still said to appear as a ghost ship with a phantom crew.

Perched high on the rocky island, the 41 foot tower puts the light 88 feet above sea level, with its red beacon above the white tower.

Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble) from the airAt low tide it was sometimes possible to walk between the mainland and the island, but the usual way of crossing was by boat, often tethered to a line across the channel. Supplies (and sometimes people) were transferred by a large bucket suspended from the cable. The lighthouse was a tourist attraction from the beginning, with some keepers earning extra money by ferrying tourists to the island.

The keeper’s house and tower are decorated with white lights for the Christmas season. However, since there are many more visitors in the summer months, the town of York, who maintains the light station, also decorates it again in July.

The Nubble is a bit less than an hour drive from Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, and our guests often enjoy a day trip to Cape Neddick, with side trips to Kennebunkport, Wells, and sometimes Kittery.

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