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Historic Down East Lighthouse

A different type of historic house from my vacation in Down East Maine this week, the West Quoddy Head lighthouse and keepers cottage at Lubec, ME. This point is the easternmost point in the US. The island in the distance is in New Brunswick, Canada.

The thousands of lighthouses built to guide navigation along the shores of America nearly all had keeper’s houses or cottages attached. Prior to the advent of electric lighting, the lamps in the towers were lit with oil and someone had to be present to light them and keep them burning.

Here in Maine, most of these houses are now in private hands, which the Coast Guard continues to operate the lights. They can be wonderful restoration projects!

Whether a farm house, city house, village house, or lighthouse, all you need to know to restore one can be found in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author at YourHistoricHouse.com and in the shop on this page.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

Want to learn more about historic architectural styles? Virginia McAlester’s “A Field Guide to American Houses is the classic volume and is available in our shop!

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