The light at Pemaquid was originally built during the presidency of John Quicy Adams, in 1827, at a cost of $2,800. Faulty construction was blamed for the quick deterioration of the tower, which was rebuilt with double walls in 1835. The tower is only 38 ft tall, but it's placement on a rock ledge gives the light a 79 ft. focal plane. Flashing a white light every 6 seconds, Pemaquid's fourth-order fresnel is visible for 14 miles. Head south off US 1 from Damariscotta ... it's about 16 miles to the point. The pickett fence, which is a work of art, is worth the trip alone. The lightkeeper's house is now a museum, and there is an art gallery at the park, but the best part of this trip is climbing around on the point itself, enjoying the spectacular scenery and taking the inevitable photo of the light reflected in a tidal pool. Over the years, many ships have been impaled on the rocks of Pemaquid's point. There is one especially poignant story of a man who sailed for the new world in 1635 on the Angel Gabriel, leaving his wife behind to follow him when he had established a new home. The Angel Gabriel was smashed to pieces during an August storm. Although the man survived, his wife was afraid to follow him on such a perilous journey, and he was unable to face the journey back to England, so they never saw each other again. Pemaquid’'s rugged point is a wonderful spot for solitary reflection as the sun, the sea, and the lighthouse beacon perform their timeless cycles.
Dada la peligrosidad de la bocana del Puerto de Suances se decidió en 1861 incluir este Faro en el Primer Plan de Alumbrado, y dos años después entró en funcionamiento.
Los reyes Alfonso XII y Mª Cristina visitan el faro en varias ocasiones, previa orden al torrero "...de que pinte de color verde la barandilla del balconcillo de servicio que actualmente se halla de color encarnado, haciendo muy mal efecto a la vista por ser verde la cúpula de la torre y los montantes de la misma.."
En la noche de 17 de de noviembre de 1880, el farero recogió a siete náufragos del bergantín italiano "Franceschino", hundido al sufrir una vía de agua.
En cuanto a la evolución del faro, se pasa de la lámpara de aceite a la de mecha, se sustituye la linterna y el alcance pasa a ser de 16 millas.
El 5 de septiembre de 1929 se enciende la primera bombilla eléctrica y en el libro de consumo se recoge el precio del Kilovatio/hora: 0,50 ptas.
La última mejora vino a finales de la década de los ochenta en que se cambió la linterna por otra de 2,25 metros de diámetro y un sistema giratorio de paneles y lámparas de haz sellado para seguir manteniendo la misma característica.
Está situado en el mismo lugar donde estuvo la batería de San Martín, que defendía Suances de incursiones enemigas.
The Star of India is the world's oldest seafairing ship. Built in 1863 at Ramsey Shipyard in the Isle of Man, it was an experimental design utilizing iron instead of wood. Launched as Euterpe, a full-rigged ship named after the Greek goddess of music, the ship's initial voyages involved some rough sailing. Her first trip included a collision and mutiny.
She came face to face with a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal on her second journey. Her topmasts cut away, she barely made port. Following that, the first captain died on board and was buried at sea.
The waters finally quieted and it was smooth sailing during numerous uneventful voyages and several "change of owner" transactions. She served as a cargo ship to India, a passenger vessel hauling emigrants to New Zealand and a commercial salmon fishing and packing facility.
Her name was changed to Star of India in 1906 and after 60 years of solid performance in 1923, she was towed to the San Diego bay. Saved from the ax or torch by concerned historians, she sat in port for over 50 years until funding helped renovate the tired old lady which was once a star. In 1976, the fully restored Star of India put to sea for the first time in fifty years, under the command of Captain Carl Bowman. She sailed beautifully that day, to the applause of half a million fans, ashore and afloat. Since then, the Star of India has sailed on numerous special occasions.