Burnt Island Light is the lighthouse closest to Spruce Point, the subject of many photographs (and the focus of one of the day-trips during the David Marx photography workshop in September). On occasion, we can partner with Cuckholds Light, the 1892 Light Station on the National Register of Historic Places, now under community ownership. The light signals the location of The Cuckolds, two rock ledges (at 43.46.8 North and 69.39.00 West) on the southern tip of Southport Island named after a piece of land in the middle of London given to appease a man whose wife had had an affair with King John. Called the “front porch light” for Boothbay Harbor, the light station is being stabilized and restored and is currently operated as the ultimate “get away from it all” guesthouse.
Some see lighthouses as symbols of refuge and strength, literal beacons in the night. One visit to an actual Maine lighthouse can provide the sort of “in the moment” memory that gives temporary refuge on the most hectic of days. Close your eyes, smell the ocean, and hear the waves.