Monhegan Island, located 10 miles off the coast, is historically known as the first point sighted on most transatlantic voyages and as a well-known landmark for seafarers. It was only logical that a lighthouse would be located on the island. The first granite lighthouse would be located on the island. The first granite lighthouse was built near the center of the island, at its highest elevation, in 1824.
Reportedly more than 600 varieties of wildflowers can be found on Monhegan, with more than 200 bird species logged. The island also has become a summer art colony, and has, in past years, attracted writers, naturalists and artists including Andrew and Jaamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent, George Bellows and Andrew Winter.
Although Monhegan Island must be reached by boat from Boothbay Harbor, New Harbor or Port Clyde, it is still a popular destination for those seeking an island that seems trapped in time.
Monhegan Island is reached by boat from Boothbay Harbor, New Harbor or Port Clyde.