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Matinicus Rock Lighthouse

     Matinicus Rock lighthouse station was first established in 1827. The present lighthouse was built in 1857 and automated in 1983.  Although still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation, Matinicus Rock lighthouse station is one of eight lighthouse islands on the Maine coast that have been transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge division of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
 
     Also, Matinicus Rock lighthouse is  well-known as the setting for Peter and Connie Roop's book "Keep the Lights Burning Abby," a true tale of Abbie Burgess Grant (1839-1892). As a young girl in January 1856, Abbie, in the absence of her father who had gone to Matinicus island for supplies, tended the light after one of the worst storms of the 19th century battered the two lighthouse towers and keeper's buildings for a month. The story of this heroic woman is told at http://lighthouse.cc/matinicusrock/history.html

     The U.S. Coast Guard web page about Matinicus Rock Light and Abbie Burgess Grant is found here.