Maine has 68 lighthouses, 14 of which are here in Knox County. Lighthouses are art, history, and culture—each unique in its design, each with its own tale to tell of shipwrecks, heroic rescues, romantic legends and ghosts. Built in the 1800s by some of America's foremost architects and engineers, lighthouse technology posed major challenges due to the rocky, wave-swept ledges and shifting sands. Automation has left many empty light keepers’ houses prey to vandalism and neglect. We are fortunate that several of our lighthouses in the MidCoast have been preserved as museums.
Rockland Breakwater Light (1888/1902): an 18-foot square tower atop a fog signal house at end of a granite pier. Access to the breakwater is from the Samoset Road off Waldo Avenue. Rockland Breakwater is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The City of Rockland has leased theRockland Breakwater Light to The Friends of the Rockland Breakwater. This group is restoring this wonderful lighthouse, and it will soon be an educational museum. The Friends group has completed extensive work on the lighthouse over the past two years, including cleaning the building of all hazardous waste and lead paint. A float and ramp were added this year for the convenience of people that cannot walk the 7/8-mile breakwater.