Nubble Lighthouse (Cape Neddick Lighthouse) // York, Maine

February 7, 2022

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Happy Monday friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

As I mentioned in my post about a new direction that Caravan Sonnet is heading in (you can read more HERE!) I am excited to spend more time sharing about upstate New York, New York, and New England in my travel posts! Two weeks ago I shared that I am excited to share with y'all some recap posts from the New England Winter Road Trip that I took with my mom 2 years ago about a month before the world stopped due to the pandemic! 

At the time I shared a couple of posts about our trip, but with the way the world changed I stopped sharing and didn't get to share even half of what we saw or what we did and so I am excited to revisit this trip and share more! I hope that it encourages you to consider taking a road trip (in part or in whole depending on your circumstances) this winter to this beautiful place in the world!
Happy Monday friends! 

Today I am excited to share more about our New England Winter Road Trip that we took in February (prior to the outbreak of the COVID 19 virus and stay at home/shelter in place orders)! To read about the exact route that we took check out this post HERE! Here is a general overview...
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You can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking the links below: 

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General New England Winter Road Trip Information
// New England Winter Road Trip Introduction // 

After our time in Concord, New Hampshire, we started to make our way through and up the coast of Maine which was absolutely delightful. I had stopped at a couple of the places we spent time at on my one week road trip adventure through New England, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia (click HERE to read more) back in 2017, but to have this time with my mom added a special precious aspect to the trip.

Our first stop after grabbing some hot tea at Starbucks (after our freezing and chilly night at the Hotel Concord (you can read more about my review of this property HERE) was to drive up to the Nubble Lighthouse, or the Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York, Maine. We happily sipped on our hot tea as we blasted the heat and it was a lovely drive over to this coastal area.
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For those of you that are reading that might be interested in taking a similar trip it only took us about an hour and 15 minutes to drive over to Nubble Lighthouse from Concord.
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The Nubble Lighthouse, also known The Cape Neddick Lighthouse, was absolutely gorgeous with the waves crashing against the Maine coastline. It was freezing, but absolutely so pretty with the winter colors. I had to laugh because the last time that I was here in 2017 (in September) it was also freezing so all of my memories of this adorable Lighthouse seem to be chilly! *smiles*
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Cape Neddick Lighthouse is located in Cape Neddick on Nubble Island in York, Maine. Commissioned in 1874 by Congress, the construction at the "Nubble" started in 1879. Congress appropriated approximately $15,000 to build the lighthouse, which is still used to this day.

There are lots of stories that surround the lighthouse, but there are three particular ones that I found really interesting. 
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One of the stories comes from the early 1900s. In 1912 the lighthouse keeper and his wife decided to lean into the booming tourist business that was taking place at the York beaches. They developed a thriving business that included taking tourists across to the little island where the lighthouse sits and gave tours. 

Unfortunately, they were so successful that the lighthouse requirements became neglected and eventually the lighthouse keeper was fired from his position. Since that time the lighthouse has been closed to the public and has remained inaccessible. 
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A humorous story that came out of the Nubble Lighthouse was of another lighthouse keeper who was known to own a 19 pound cat who attracted a lot of attention. The cat was known to swim across the channel on many occasions to visit the crowds, or "his friends" on the mainland. *hahaha*

Getting food and supplies to the lighthouse proved to be a challenge, especially in the winter. Eventually in 1950 a bucket was suspended from cables from the lighthouse to the mainland. It was used for food and supplies, and on more than one occasion transported a newborn baby! 
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Aside from these stories emerges a rich history stating in 1602 when Bartholomew Gosnold dubbed the little island, "savage rock". 

Despite the fact that many local mariners and the community had called for a lighthouse and a proposal was offered in 1837, it was later rejected.

Even after the wreck of the Isidore in 1842, the congressional approval would not come until 1874. Since its first inception in 1879, the lighthouse has remained a famous landmark that continues to provide help and protection to those traveling along the coast of Maine. 
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If you are interested in visiting the lighthouse it is available for viewing seven days a week. You can find out more information on the Nubble Lighthouse website by clicking HERE.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read today! Please let me know if you have any questions about The Nubble Lighthouse or our New England Winter Road Trip!

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