Built in 1807, this is the last remaining maritime signal tower in the U.S. Shipping merchants paid annual fees to have their ships sighted, thanks to a telescope, and to have arrivals announced to the port by the flying of the ship's flag from the tower's flagstaffs.
The climb to the cupola at the very top rewards you with stunning 360-degree views of
Portland and Casco Bay. Our docent-led tour was excellent. We learned much about the tower, the city and the great fire of 1866, thanks to old maps and photos on display.
Variety store across the street is handy for drinks & snacks.
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