Built in 1791, Portland Lighthouse was the first lighthouse completed under President George Washington. His Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, personally administered lighthouses.
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a native of Portland Maine, visited Portland Head Lighthouse several times. This may be why Portland Head Lighthouse is the “Most Photographed Lighthouse" in New England. It is also listed as one of the most iconic lighthouses on every conceivable list.