My Tour of The Spring Point Lighthouse!

LIGHTHOUSES?!? Are you in intrigued by the history behind them? Well I love lighthouses too! Please check me out at I Love ME History for all your history and educational needs! I will be showing you all the places I have feel like have been a huge part of the history in Portland, Maine. My top selections are on lighthouses, cemeteries, and all the way to the mansions of The Greater Portland Area! Follow us on Instagram @ilovemehistory207! Like us on Facebook @ilovemehistory207! Follow us on Twitter @iloveMEhistory!

You will be able to see my latest tour at The Spring Point Lighthouse at the Southern Maine Community College, which is in South Portland, Maine. I believe in giving what people want and that is showing people the history and the educational pieces of what it was like for people like us back in the “olden days”! I think being a history buff is so much fun and you get to learn about the city you’re visiting or living in! Explore away!

Where do you find lighthouses? There everywhere as matter of fact, at least in Maine there is about 70 lighthouses! Regardless of where you adventure to every lighthouse will have its own story! So explore you lighthouse wonders and create a story you will always remember.

 Keep calm and travel on!

 I have a video below of my own personal tour of The Spring Point Lighthouse in South Portland, Maine at the SMCC campus!

The 3 Most Historical Cemeteries of The Greater Portland Area!

Do you get scared easily? How do you feel about cemeteries? Historical cemeteries are the most interesting, educational, and a little spooky with a twist!

I am going to be discussing the three most historical cemeteries in The Greater Portland Area. I believe that cemeteries have a lot of valuable information when it comes to the history of our beloved city of Portland, Maine.

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Fun Fact: The Eastern Cemetery the oldest historic landscape in Portland, Maine.

 1.Eastern Cemetery

The Eastern Cemetery was established in 1668, the Eastern Cemetery is located at 224 Congress Street in Portland, Maine. The oldest historic landscape in the city, the cemetery is home to around 4,000 interred.

In 1890, a map and survey of the cemetery was done by William A. Goodwin. In 1990, this survey was updated by historian William Jordan and a map was also created during this time.

There is a link below of the map of The Eastern Cemetery:

http://www.portlandmaine.gov/documentcenter/view/1685

 Cemetery Grounds Hours:

January-December: Open 24 hours.

 2.Evergreen Cemetery

 Evergreen Cemetery is a garden style cemetery in the Deering neighborhood of Portland, Maine. There are 239 acres of land, it is the largest cemetery in the state. It was established in 1855 in what was then Westbrook, Maine. The cemetery is home to one of the state’s most impressive collections of funerary art.

The cemetery was designed by Charles H. Howe as a rural landscape with winding carriage paths, ponds, footbridges, gardens, chapel, funerary art, and sculpture. It also includes extensive wooded wetlands. Approximately 65,000 people are buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Evergreen was modeled after America’s first rural cemetery, the Evergreen Cemetery is located at 672 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04103.

Improvements Timeline

◦1893 – The present cemetery office was built.

◦1902 – Wilde Chapel was built.

◦1970s – Walking trails were added in the undeveloped area towards the rear of the grounds.

 There is a link below of the map of The Evergreen Cemetery:

http://www.friendsofevergreen.org/wp-content/uploads/graphics/EvergreenPointsOfInterest.pdf

 Cemetery Grounds Hours:

April – November: Open every day: 8:00A.M.-6:30P.M.

November – April: Open every day: 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

 3.Western Cemetery

Founded in 1829 the Western Cemetery of Portland is the last resting place for veterans of the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War and WWI, several Maine historic figures and Portland’s poorest citizens. It is currently home to a pair of red tailed hawks and a nesting place for many song birds. Raccoons, skunks, possums, groundhogs and squirrels also make their home there.

It is often referred to as one of Maine’s most neglected cemeteries. Due to its location is has been the target of many vandals over the years. The loss of the cemetery’s master plan in the Great Fire of 1866 has left the question of just who is buried there and where, unanswered, which it’s location is at 2 Vaughan Street Portland, Maine (Western Promenade). I did a little bit of digging myself to see who could have been some of the notable burials in this cemetery:

  • Elijah Kellogg: Congregationalist minister, lecturer and author of popular boy’s adventure books.
  • Samuel Longfellow: Clergyman and hymn writer.
  • Stephen Longfellow: Congressman from Massachusetts, father of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  • Prentiss Mellen: First Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court.
  • Albion Parris: Fifth Governor of Maine, Senator from Maine, Mayor of Portland.

This blog is intended to bring attention to this beautiful, peaceful and neglected place. If you are a visitor to Portland, Maine it is worth the trip to find your way to the cemetery to enjoy a stroll or picnic. Though it is has fallen under hard times the cemetery remains one of the most beautiful places in the City of Portland, Maine.

There is a link below of the map of The Western Cemetery: 

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Cemetery Grounds Hours:

April – November: Open every day: 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

November – April: Open every day: 8:00A.M.-6:30P.M.

 

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The History of Mansions in The Greater Portland Area!

Do you fantasize about living in a gorgeous vintage mansion? Do you ever think about the history of these old mansions from back in the day? This blog will inspire your wildest dreams and more…

I am going to blog about two of the most known mansions of The Greater Portland Area, which are the Victorian Mansion and the Goddard Mansion.

1. Victorian Mansion

The Victorian Mansion is also known as, the Morse-Libby House, it was built between 1858 and 1860 as a summer home for Ruggles Sylvester Morse, a Maine native who made his fortune in New Orleans as the proprietor of luxury hotels. The quality and preservation of its interiors makes the Victoria Mansion an unparalleled example of pre-Civil War history.

 Ruggles Sylvester Morse died in 1893 and the following year his widow sold the house with most of its furnishings to J.R. Libby, a prominent dry goods merchant. The Libby family preserved the original decor and made few changes to the property. They occupied it until about 1929. After a hurricane damaged it in 1938. The future of the Victorian Mansion was endangered. In 1940 it was scheduled to be demolished and replaced by a gas station.

At this crucial moment, retired educator Dr. William H. Holmes purchased the property to save it. So help by his sister, Clara Holmes, he opened the building to the public in 1941 as a museum in honor of Queen Victoria. In 1943, the Society of Maine Women of Achievement was incorporated to assume control of the site. Now, known as Victoria Mansion, Inc. this non-profit organization owns and operates the building as a historic house museum. Victoria Mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

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Location:

109 Danforth Street Portland, ME 04101

Hours:

Christmas Season Hours- November 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017 Tuesday-Sunday 11A.M.-4:30P.M.; Mondays 11A.M.-6:30P.M.

(Closed: Christmas Day& New Year’s Day)

Price:

Adults: $15.00 Senior Citizens (62 and over): $13.50 AAA Members: $13.50 Students (age 6-17): $5.00 Under 6: Free Family Rate*: $35.00 College Students (with valid ID): $7.00 Active Military (with valid ID): Free Victorian Mansion Members: Free (*Family Rate applies to two adults of the same household and up to five children age 6-17 )

 

2.Goddard Mansion

The Goddard Mansion was designed and built by noted New York architect Charles A. Alexander for local businessman John Goddard, he was a volunteer army colonel at the start of the Civil War in 1861. Acquired by the army in 1900, the mansion was used as NCO Quarters (non-commissioned officers/sergeants), and later included an NCO Club. It deteriorated by the time of the town’s acquisition in 1962, the interior debris was burned in a controlled fire in the 1980’s, and the walls were fenced off in 2009 to keep the public safe from entering.

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Location:

1000 Shore Road Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Hours:

Fort Williams Park is open year round from sunrise to sunset.

Price:

There is no admission fee although donations are appreciated.

I should say both of these historical mansions are gorgeous from the inside and out no matter the condition they are in today. It’s all about the history and value in these mansions that are so precious and amazing. I recommend both of these historical mansions as bucket list items.

 

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“The Vacationland State”

Here is a fun fact!

Maine is recognized as “The Vacationland State” with the most coastal light houses in the United States. The lighthouses have been assembled to aid mariners to navigate the treacherous waters and coastline, ledges and islands in the 1790’s. There were more than 70 lighthouses that protected Maine’s seacoast. Now, Maine has only 65 lighthouses that still stand today.

Did you know that Maine had a Maine Lighthouse Day?

The event is sponsored by the States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism, and the American Lighthouse Foundation, which allows you to vision the eras old tradition of protecting our shores and boats. The foundation formed an alliance to designed a celebration of Maine’s maritime heritage and rich history of its lighthouses and light keepers.

This year, Maine’s 8th Annual Open Lighthouse Day is Saturday, September 10, 2016 with lighthouses open for free tours, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and remember it’s for FREE.

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In addition, The Maine Lighthouse Museum holds the largest collection of Fresnel lenses on display in the nation, this is located in Rockland, Maine.

My Top 3 Historical Lighthouses in The Greater Portland, Maine Area!

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Portland Head Lighthouse (1791): Portland Head Light is the oldest in Maine. The light station sits on a head of land at the entrance of the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor, which is within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine. The home to the light station’s, historic building and museum. Fort Williams is the direct location of the lighthouse. It is owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

  • Address: 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04106
  • Hours: 10:00A.M.-4:00P.M.—Seasonal
  • Cost: FREE
  • Coordinates: 43°37′ 24″ N 70°12′ 30″ W

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (1855): It is the smallest lighthouse in South Portland, Maine. The lighthouse is in a 9-acre park (Bug Light Park) which was the site of major shipbuilding activity during WWII. The lighthouse is also known as Bug Light. Bug Light is a secluded aid to navigation and is owned by the City of South Portland in South Portland, Maine.

  • Address: S Portland Greenbelt Pathway, South Portland, ME 04106
  • Hours: 6:00A.M.-10:00P.M.—Seasonal
  • Cost: FREE
  • Coordinates: 43°39′ 20″ N 70°14′ 06″ W

Spring Point Lighthouse (1897): Spring Point Light is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation, which is owned and managed by the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust. The lighthouse has been a main part of the history of Portland Harbor and Casco Bay since 1897.It is located at the breakwater of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine.

  • Address: 14 Fort Rd, South Portland, ME 04106
  • Hours: 11:00A.M.-3:00P.M.—Seasonal
  • Cost: $5.00 per person
  • Coordinates: 43°39′ 07″ N 70°13′ 26″ W

I wish you a rocky, breezy, and delightful experience!”

 

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5 things you shouldn’t say to a Club DJ

 

  1. If you play this song everyone is going to go crazy

If you say this to a Club DJ that has a beat on the room, your song has a 95% chance of not being played especially later on in the night. He/She has a Job to do and that is not to be your personal IPod. That being said the other 5%, will get their song played if It actually fits in with the current genre.

  1. Shout-Outs

No, it’s just not going to happen.

No one but your “Squad” cares.

If you want to make a request though the DJ MIGHT play one if you’re nice.

  1. Requesting Songs

Annoying the DJ to play your song is not going to get you anywhere, in fact you will probably end up being told to go @^$&-off. They have a Job to do, let them do it.

  1. Don’t talk to the DJ unless they give you the go-ahead

If the DJ puts a finger up for you to hold on, it’s because they are busy. Don’t continue to talk or tap them on the shoulder. Especially if their headphones are on.

  1. Threatening the DJ

Unless it’s for a good time, don’t do it. It’s either….

Going to get you kicked out, possibly banned

Or

The DJ is going to shrug it off and tell you, in a polite way to go @^$&-off!

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