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Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum turns 30 years old

Jul 24, 2020
Photo by: David Percival

Port Clyde — In 1987, seven St. George residents sat down in the home of Irene Rizkalla to discuss the rumors that the Marshall Point Lighthouse Keeper’s house was to be torn down and sold to a group with interest in constructing a hotel.

Up to that point, the former lighthouse keeper’s house was vacated by the Coast Guard since 1981, and was the subject of vandalism and decay. With back and forth discussions with the Coast Guard and the town, it was agreed to that a lease would be granted to the town of St. George for the use of the buildings and grounds to include the lighthouse.

Ultimately working with the St. George Historical Society, headed by Jim Skoglund, it was decided that a museum would be established on the first floor of the building and an apartment set aside on the second floor. With the establishment of a museum committee and a grant from the state, plus the work of volunteers, the Lighthouse Museum opened in 1990.

In 2020, 30 years later, the museum continues to be one of the most visited sites on the mid-coast of Maine, setting a record of over 19,000 visitors in 2019. Irene Rizkalla is back volunteering, greeting visitors in the 2020 season during the pandemic. (see attached photo).

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