Lighthouse Public Tours Begin in June
The Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse will begin its 2013 Open House season when it opens on Saturday, June 8th. The lighthouse will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. In 2012 over 2000 visitors from around the world toured the lighthouse, the only caisson lighthouse accessible to the public by land. Visitors can explore the lighthouse from top to bottom with the help of our volunteer guides who will explain the history of the lighthouse and its role in the maritime history of Portland harbor. The full schedule of open house events can be found on our Events page.
Admission is $5.00 for adults and children age 12 and up. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth near the breakwater. Children must be at least 51 inches in height to enter the lighthouse. The lighthouse is located at the end of a 900-foot granite breakwater and involves climbing steep ladders. Visitors are advised to wear suitable shoes.
The Spring Point Ledge Light Trust, which protects and preserves the Spring Point Ledge lighthouse near the campus of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, is seeking volunteer tour guides for it’s summer season of Open House events. Volunteers work both in the ticket booth onshore and on the lighthouse itself leading visitors on tours, pointing out harbor sights, and educating the public about the lighthouse’s historic role in the harbor’s maritime history. Beginning June 8th, the lighthouse will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Volunteers may choose to work a morning or afternoon shift or for the entire day.
Betty Pojak, the Trust’s Volunteer Coordinator, says “Our volunteers are the public face of the lighthouse and should enjoy interacting with people and teaching history. Being passionate about lighthouses is also a plus, along with an enjoyment of fresh air and sunshine.”
Ms. Pojak points out that previous experience is not necessary. Volunteers who desire to work in the lighthouse itself do need to be in relatively good health, says Pojak, since getting to the lighthouse requires traversing the 900-foot breakwater on which the lighthouse sits.
A day of training for new and returning tour guides will be held June 1 in Room 105 of Jewett Hall on the SMCC campus near the lighthouse. Training will take place from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM and will include an orientation visit to the lighthouse, weather permitting. Walk-ins are welcome.Persons interested in volunteering should contact Betty Pojak at (866) 570-5703, Prompt 1, for more information.
Spring Point Trust Agreement Updated
The law firm of Ainsworth, Thelin & Raftice, P.A. (www.atrlaw.pro) in South Portland recently completed a major revision of the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust's "Trust Agreement." This document lays out the rules and covenants by which the Trustees are organized to manage and preserve the lighthouse.
One important change was to add the South Portland Historical Society as the successor organization for the Trust. If the Trust were to dissolve, it's assets and liabilities would flow to the Historical Society. Our thanks to Ainsworth, Thelin & Raftice for their diligence and contribution to the Trust's future.