Visiting Sequin Island is traveling to a place where time stands still. Sequin Island, located at the mouth of the Kennebec River and nearly 2.5 miles out to sea, is the site of Maine’s 2nd oldest lighthouse. The light station was commissioned by George Washington in 1795 and was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places on February 7, 1979.
The current light station, erected in 1857, with it’s 1st order Fresnel Lens has the “highest” focal point of all operational lighthouses in Maine. This spectacular Fresnel Lens is the only 1st order lens north of Rhode Island. Visiting the island changes your perspective with unique views of Mid-Coast Maine and stunning vistas of Popham Beach, Georgetown and Reid State Park. On particularly clear days, you may see Monhegan Island or even Mount Washington!
Maintained by Friends of Sequin Island Light Station (FOSILS), Sequin Island is on the Maine Island Trail (MITA.org) and hosts 5 hiking trails, historical buildings, tram, museum, gift shop, and in-season tours of the tower. For members of FOSILS, there are both guest quarters & campgrounds to enjoy an overnight (reservations in advance)! A visit to Sequin Island with it’s rich history and legacy sets you back to a place where the clock just doesn’t seem to be as important anymore, and the rhythms of the day, the weather, and the ocean take over. A trip to this historic, active lighthouse is sure to be a memorable experience for anyone young or old. Enjoy the amazing views and tour the museum, tower and gift shop today!