curtisActive light on Curtis Island. The original light station dates from 1836; the present lighthouse and keeper’s house date from the 1800’s. Originally known as Negro Island, the island and lighthouse were renamed Curtis Island in honor of Cyrus H. Curtis (Curtis Publishing) in the 1930’s. The best shore view of the light is from Beacon Avenue. Take BayView Street or Chestnut Street about 1/2 mile to the top of the hill then left on Beacon Avenue.

The local schooner boats sail past island giving guests a great glimpse of the lighthouse. You might want to consider kayaking out there. The island is town owned and is wonderful to explore. Bring your own kayak or rent one from Maine Sport. Bring a picnic and sit on one of the island park benches. Quiet and beauty await you. There is a little book when you first enter the island that is a “sign in” sheet, see who discovered the island before you. I love Curtis Island.

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