"The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
And on its outer point, some miles away,
The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.
Even at this distance I can see the tides,
Upheaving, break unheard along its base,
A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
In the white lip and tremor of the face..."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was said to have penned this famous poem after spending many nights at the Portland Head Light with the keeper. The light station sits on the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor. It was finished in 1791 and is the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine. The station still looks the same except for the rebuilding of the whistle house in 1975 which was badly damaged during a storm. The Portland Head Light is 80 feet above the ground and 101 feet above the water. We definitely can see why it was an inspiration for Longfellow and many others.