[graphic] NPS arrowhead with link to nps.gov[graphic] National Park Service
[graphic] Women's History Month[graphic] Poster of Rosie the Riveter
 [graphic] image of Mary Baker Eddy
 [graphic] image of Nan Wood Honeyman 1973:  Roe V. Wade legalizes abortion, Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in tennis match [graphic] image of Modjeska Monteith Simkins 2000: World March of Women in Washington, DC
 1909: Women garment workers strike in New York1920: 19th Amendment to Constitution is ratified, women citizens can vote  1933: Frances Perkins is first woman in a president's cabinet
 [graphic] image of Clara Barton1869: First women's suffrage law passed in U.S. territory of Wyoming
[graphic] image of Clara Barton[graphic] image of Clara Barton
2000: World March of Women in Washington, DC2000: World March of Women in Washington, DC2000: World March of Women in Washington, DC
2000: World March of Women in Washington, DC
 [graphic] image of Clara Barton

Matinicus Rock and Whitehead Light Stations
Matinicus Rock and Tenants Harbor, Maine


[Photo]
Matinicus Rock Light Station
Photo by Jeremy D'Entremont, www.lighthouse.cc

From 1854 to 1875, Abbie Burgess Grant served as assistant keeper at Matinicus Rock Light Staion on desolate Matinicus Rock, an isolated, rocky island some 15 miles off the coast of Maine. Abbie moved to Matinicus Rock with her family, following her father's appointment as keeper in 1853. Captain Samuel Burgess taught 17-year-old Abbie to fill the lanterns atop the twin towers with oil, trim the wicks, and clean the lenses. He soon felt comfortable enough to leave her in charge for several days while he journeyed to the mainland for supplies. In 1856, Captain Burgess set out on a similar trip, at which time one of the largest storms of the nineteenth century hit Matinicus Rock. The storm raged for about one month, as Abbie independently tended the lights in addition to caring for her sick mother and siblings.

[Photo] Whitehead Light
Photo by Jeremy D'Entremont, www.lighthouse.cc

Abbie Burgess kept Matinicus Light until she married Isaac Grant. The couple moved to Whitehead Light Station in 1875, where she served as keeper for more than 15 years. Whitehead is the third oldest station in Maine, and is located on the west side of Penobscot Bay, guiding ships toward the important coastal communities of Rockland, Camden, Belfast and Searsport. The U.S. Coast Guard later honored Abbie by naming a Keeper Class buoy tender Abbie Burgess (WLM-553).

 

Patsy Cline House | Whitehead and Matinicus Rock Light Stations | Rosedown Plantation
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS
| Women's History Home | NR HOME | NPS Links to the Past

National Park Service | U.S. Department of the Interior | USA.gov | Privacy & Disclaimer | FOIA
Comments or Questions

JPJ/ RQ/SEB/TCP