The Tower: Half Good News

“Approved but not funded.”

The good part of the tower news is that restoration of the Burnt Coat Harbor light tower is now on Maine Department of Transportation’s list of approved projects. This is really excellent news, as there are not many opportunities for grants of this kind. The less-good part of the news is that no funds are available this year or next, and that the next chance for funding will be 2016.

Background. For the past several years, we have been looking for grant money to restore the light tower. It looks sturdy – but time and weather have taken their toll. You can see the rust around the light platform. Other damage, not so obvious, also urgently needs repair.

We presently have in process an engineering study, by Resurgence Engineering of Portland, to provide a detailed plan for tower restoration, when money becomes available. In the meantime, the plan will include recommendations for protecting against further deterioration. We will be working on that, and also possibly on other parts of the plan, while we wait to hear further from the Department of Transportation.

What Visitors Have To Say

We just stayed there and it is tremendous. The view and setting is amazing. The quality of the Keeper's house (2nd floor) is excellent. It is fresh, well decorated and spacious.

- Mary, July 15, 2017

We are fortunate to have traveled to many places in this world, but still contend, by far, this is the prettiest place on earth. Stay in the keeper's house - you will not be disappointed!!!! It is special.

- Spencer, July 10, 2017

The apartment, the weather, the people, the beach, the trails and especially the views have been exceptional.

- Ted and Carol, August 12, 2017

This has been a lifetime experience! The beauty of Swan’s Island can’t be described in words or photographs, for they just don’t do it justice….I look forward to coming back again next year!

- Lacy, September 2017

You truly have a treasure…. perched out here atop the rocks with the vast sea at the doorstep…. we watched a bright moon spilling its light onto the water, listening to the music of the waves, and wondering anew at the stars emerging in the dark sky….

- Susan, September 2017

Took our weekly vacation on Swans Island, really enjoyed our great times there with our family & friends.

- Edith, April 20, 2016

I cannot express the gratitude I have for all of the dedication and hard work that has been given to the restoration of such a beautiful Light House.

- Kathy, July 2, 2017

Sunrises and sunsets are stunning, punctuated by the parade of lobster and sail boats.

- Barbara, August 18, 2017