The Learning Center at Pemaquid Point


Learning Center, Sept 08

Located just across the parking lot from the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, the new Learning Center offers movies, classes and concerts. Programs are all designed to help visitors to Lighthouse Park better understand the area’s history, environment and culture. In 2010, the Center will be equipped with audio/visual equipment to allow us to offer lectures, demonstrations -- even films. We'll also be able to present performers -- particularly those who have a connection with the area. There will be interactive computer displays that will help teach about the unique history of our lighthouse and our history. We also see the Learning Center as a rental space for local organizations; it could even be used for weddings or receptions. “Income from those rentals,” says commissioner Cerina Leeman, “will help fund the projects we’re planning for the center.” Some interior work and furnishing still awaits completion.

The center was built in 2008 with generous donations of time and materials by countless local residents and businesses. In a grand opening ceremony in 2008, Town Administrator Kris Poland called the project “an example of community spirit – something we all can be proud of.” Then-Commissioner Jon LeVeen unveiled plaques, inscribed with the names of volunteers and businesses that contributed labor and materials to the project.  A highlight of the event was a moving tribute to Benner, who spearheaded the project from the start and convinced many of Bristol’s contractors to volunteer. He was presented with a plaque recognizing “his tireless enthusiasm and visionary leadership in the creation of the Lighthouse Learning Center.” The inscription added, “without Gordon, supported by his loving wife, Elizabeth, this building, and the benefits it will provide to our community, would not have been possible.”

The Learning Center is available to rent for your event, please see the fee information below. To reserve the Learning Center for your event, click here to download an application.

Rental Fee Schedule for the Learning Center

Education Purposes: $35 per hour or 10% of Enrollment Fee, whichever is greater

**To qualify for this rate, the reason for renting must be educational in nature, therefore in line with the mission of the Learning Center. This rate will be given at the discretion of the commission.

Non-Profit or Munincipal: $50 per hour

Weddings or Social Purposes: $75 per hour

The Fine Print:

All fees include the use of tables and chairs. If you need more than what is provided, you are responsible for renting of providing them yourself. Parks staff is available for set-up and breakdown before and after your event. All rentals are for a minimum of two hours. If your event is held after Park hours, there is an additional fee of $50 per hour for additional staffing. Liability insurance must be provided by all renters.

For more information, please contact our Event Coordinator, Melanie Tilton at or by telephone at (207) 586-5002.