Acadia’s guiding lights

Baker Island is a 130-acre island located about five miles south of Mount Desert Island. Part of the town of the Cranberry Isles, almost all the island is owned by Acadia National Park. From mid-June to mid-September, the National Park Service runs ranger-narrated boat tours to the island. Highlights include the Gilley homestead dating back to 1806, the Baker Island Lighthouse, above, built in 1828 and the “dance floor,” a large, flat, natural granite area where residents once held dances in the summer.

bass harbor light, NOAAConsidered by many to be one of the iconic places in Acadia, the Bass Harbor Head Light dates to 1885, when it entered service guiding vessels safely into Bass Harbor. Although the grounds are open as part of the park, the keeper’s house is a private residence. The lighthouse and grounds were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

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