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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Make your way to the Marshall Point Lighthouse if you are in Port Clyde. This lighthouse is well known for being a stop on Forrest Gump's cross-country run. There is a parking lot there, but it is also a lovely walk (1 mile or 20 minutes) from the village. The museum is small but loaded with very interesting artifacts, a gift shop, and a curator who will answer any questions you may have. There are a couple of picnic tables with a phenomenal view of the harbor. Great place to bring your morning coffee or a picnic lunch.

Visited July 2013
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Shohola, Pennsylvania
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“Fabulous view and should not be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

This lighthouse and museum should not be missed. It is a beautiful location...we actually went twice seeing it in the afternoon and then returning to photograph it at sunset. The museum and giftshop are operated by the friends group that have restored it. What amazed us is it is free! They do have a donation jar out but we have been to many lesser museums that charge! The person staffing the gift shop was extremely helpful in suggesting area restaurants and directions and spent a lot of time with us. The items in the gift shop were reasonably priced we bought a whole set of greeting cars for $1.00 that were the same on Monhegan for over 1.00 each. The lighthouse is small but in a very beautiful setting and the friends group have also restored the keeper's house and now rent out that facility which would be a very unique experience.

Visited June 2013
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Mt Pleasant
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“Scenic spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Pretty setting for photos on the lighthouse grounds. The lighthouse keepers house is now a museum with interesting artifacts. Gift shop also on grounds.

Visited May 2013
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“A Shining Beacon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

I lived near Marshall Point Lighthouse at one time, and it was my early morning and late evening destination to walk during "quiet hours" to the rocky shoreline and the light. In fact, I urge visitors from away to park in/around Port Clyde or on a side street and walk to the light - the scenery is beyond beautiful, and it is worth absorbing it, one step at a time, instead of from a car window.
(True, it is not easy to park in the village - it is usually very crowded, and the village is very small.)

Be sure to give yourself a lot of time - perhaps two hours or so - in order to enjoy the lighthouse (not open to visitors) and surrounding paths, and to wander through the museum. I love the well-organized series of notebooks that contain newspaper clippings, histories, and other detailed information about subjects pertinent to the area. I particularly like to look up various lobstermen by name; species of sea animals, such as seaurchins; and the history of various settlements. I do believe you could get lost in this magnificent small research collection! (It's a model for other small villages and townships; take note!!)

Be sure to check out three extraordinarily charming books, usually available in the museum's bookshop: Nellie, The Lighthouse Dog (a must have!); Nellie, The Flying Instructor; and Good Golly Miss Molly. I met the real Molly, and Robert Ensor, Molly's "keeper" one autumn. Sadly, you won't have this chance...but I guarantee that you will have your own wonderful memories of the lighthouse and the museum.

No doubt you'll work up an appetite in the sea air. Ask someone who works/volunteers at the museum to direct you to "Doug's" where you will get the most delicious lobster roll on the peninsula, if not on the entire mid-coast. Don't go anywhere else.

Visited October 2012
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Boston, MA
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“Well worth seeing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

A sight not to be missed when in the area. Very knowledgeable volunteers and great exhibits to look at detailing the local history. Lighthouse used in 'Forrest Gump'. Not only an interesting place to be, but so restful to sit on the benches and just watch the ocean.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Lynne57Boston_MA
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