Wood Island Lighthouse, Wood Island, Saco Bay, Biddeford, Maine
Built in 1808.
WOOD ISLAND LIGHT
Location: EAST SIDE WOOD ISLAND/SACO RIVER MOUTH
Station Established: 1808
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1858
Automated? YES 1986
Foundation Materials: NATURAL/EMPLACED
Construction Materials: GRANITE RUBBLE
Tower Shape: CONICAL
Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
Relationship to Other Structure: ATTACHED
Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL 1858
- 1808 – Lighthouse built.
- 1858 – Keeper’s house and fog signal tower added. 4th order Fresnel lens installed.
- 1903 – Oil house built.
- 1960s – Fog bell fell into the sea after the framing was destroyed in a storm. The bell was later recovered and placed in a museum.
- 1966 – 2nd story added to keeper’s house.
- 1972 – Lantern removed to facilitate aero-beacon. A replacement lantern was added later.
- 1986 – Lighthouse automated.
- Benjamin Cole (1808-1809)
- Philip Goldthwaite (1809-1832)
- Tristam Goldthwaite (1832-1833)
- Abraham Norwood (1833-1841)
- John Adams (1841-unknown)
- Stephen D. Batchelder (1849-unknown)
- Nathaniel Varrell (185?)
- L.F. Varrell (185?)
- Joseph R. Bryant (1854-1861?)
- Ebenezer Emerson (1861-1865)
- Edwin Tarbox (1865- 1872)
- Albert Norwood (1872-1886)
- Thomas Henry Orcutt (1886-1905)
- Charles A. Burke (1905-1914)
- C.B. Staples (1914-1917)
- W. F. Lurvey (1917-1923)
- Albert Staples (1923-1926)
- George Woodward (1927-1934)
Researched and written by Marie Vincent, a volunteer through the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.