Maine Open Lighthouse Day is a popular annual event that’s sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism, and the American Lighthouse Foundation. It attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each year and offers the general public the rare opportunity to climb and learn about more than a dozen historic Maine lights. The event takes place on the second Saturday in September each year. About 20 lighthouse sites will be part of the event on Saturday, September 9, 2023, along with the Maine Lighthouse Museum and the Maine Maritime Museum.
Bob Trapani Jr. is the executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation. In this conversation, Bob and Light Hearted host Jeremy D’Entremont discuss each of the sites participating in this year’s event. Also discussed is a recent lightning strike at a popular Maine lighthouse.
Jeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and he has lectured and narrated cruises throughout the Northeast and in other regions. He is also the producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast, “Light Hearted.” He can be emailed at Jeremy@uslhs.org