Family Memories – Living at the Light Station

Jackie Kettering and her sister Rene Riggs, daughters of USCG C5 Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Braman and Ronna Townsend Braman, recently visited Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station and toured the tower and the keeper’s house. Officer Braman was the lightkeeper from 1968-1973. The sisters remembered their childhood years in the keeper’s house, and shared some of those memories in an interview at the lighthouse with Joe Boisvert. The interview adds to the information we have about the lives of the families who lived in the keeper’s house and is our first interview about family life on Hockamock Head during the Coast Guard years. Many thanks to Jackie and Rene for sharing their memories!

What Visitors Have To Say

The apartment is beautiful. And the view is amazing! … We could not have asked for a better vacation. We plan to return!

- Ann and Dave, September 15, 2018

Thank you to ALL who made our stay so wonderful and relaxing. To the Islanders who told of trails to explore – Thank you!... We look forward to returning to this little piece of heaven on earth.

- Heather and Jamie, September 7, 2018

From the amazing Light Keeper’s House to the beautiful view from the porch of the same, the amazingly friendly people … and our daily hikes along this rugged Maine Coast … Everything was perfect …

- Leesa and Howard, August 10, 2018

Everything is magical! This is one of the best vacations! Ever!

- Ronald and Janet, July 13, 2018

The beauty you offer is immeasurable – the clarity of light, wind and Downeast character here recharged me.

- Lee, June 30, 2018

What a wonderful place! We were in awe the moment we arrived….What a quiet and peaceful location for a vacation.

- David and Lorie, June 15, 2018

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

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

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

- Barbara, August 18, 2017

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

- Ted and Carol, August 12, 2017

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

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