This lighthouse has a white conical tower, a charming Victorian keeper's house with a rambling red roof and eyebrow eves on the porch, a commanding setting at the southwest entrance to Portland harbor, and beautifully landscaped grounds. Commissioned by George Washington and dedicated by the Marquis de Lafayette, it is the state's oldest lighthouse and one of its most beloved, with a well-appointed museum in the former keeper's house. It sits in Fort Williams Park, off Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth. Parking is free although there's a small charge for the museum. Many Casco Bay boat tours pass this light; there is also a bus tour to the lighthouse.
Portland Head Lighthouse was built in 1791.
The tower is only open on Open Lighthouse Day, when access is very limited.