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Browns Head postcard face - click to enlarge

Browns Head postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Browns Head

State: ME
Year established: 1832
Latitude: 44 deg 6 min 42 sec N
Longitude: 68 deg 54 min 34 sec W
Height above sea level: 39 feet

Original construction:
20-foot white cylindrical stone tower connected to dwelling

Active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Fixed white with 2 red sectors, visible for 11 nautical miles; fog signal, one blast every 10 seconds

The Brown's Head Light was one of the last Maine lighthouses to be automated.

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), pp. 95-96
Roberts, B., & Jones, R., American Lighthouses; A Comprehensive Guide, (Old Saybrook, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998), p. 42