Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, New Castle

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A chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, caring for two historic lighthouses in New Castle, NH (Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse), and Kittery, ME (Whaleback Lighthouse).
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  • While a bit out of the way, we found there's a lot of fascinating history about the lighthouse and the surrounding park. 
    While a bit out of the way, we found there's a lot of fascinating history about the lighthouse and the surrounding park.  more »
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  • It’s gorgeous. Technically in New Castle NH a island off of Portsmouth and Rye. Beautiful lighthouse with some pretty amazing history. Ask how the lighthouse keeper died
  • Portsmouth harbor lighthouse has rich history and you can get to visit this lighthouse on Sunday between 1 to 5pm with a guided tour. Brilliant views all around and can spot the whaleback lighthouse from here. Both these lighthouses are 50 feet tall. PHL was earlier built with wood and is now reconstructed with cast iron. Whaleback light is built with granite to withstand high tides. The light on top of the PHL is made using fresnel lens and it is FG - fixed green. In the guided tour you can get to light it up, it operates on light sensors. Parking here is free and a minimal fee or donation for an adult is 4$ which is very much worth it. The souvenir store has good collection of lighthouse themed keepsakes to take home with you. With us on this tour was a 90year old elderly person who could climb up atop of the lighthouse. Stairway leading to the top is safe.

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