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Goat Island


The Goat Island Light Station was designed to help mariners find their way to sheltered Cape Porpoise Harbor. Built in 1833, this light station was one of the last to be unmanned. Secret service agents protecting President George H.W. Bush found it a convenient spot to keep an eye on the Bush compound at Walker's Point. The light station is now leased to the Kennebunk Conservation Trust, which is restoring it. The station is not open to the public, but the trust sometimes gives tours by appointment. You can best view this light from Cape Porpoise Pier.

Some say that the light station is haunted by the ghost of former keeper Dick Curtis, who drowned in 2002 after falling overboard while on a boating trip with his dog. In 2007, the foghorn that hadn't sounded in years began to sound—and kept going off even after the power had been disconnected. Finally, the Coast Guard replaced the entire unit.