FOSIL Winter Update

Spring is on the way, and summer will not be far behind. Summer means lighthouse projects,
so …here is what is going on with plans for 2013.

Work in progress. Work in progress. Thanks to grants received last fall, a contract is in the works to prepare an
engineering workplan for badly needed restoration work on the light tower. Several people are
helping prepare interpretive materials on the natural history of Hockamock Head, and pamphlets
should be available this summer. The FOSIL website will launch in March. Grant applications
in the works, if successful, would provide funds to start restoring the tower (ie, implementing the
engineering workplan) and to move the fog bell from the ferry area to Hockamock Head.

Plans for the summer. The keeper’s house will be open this summer, with new exhibits, thanks to cooperation between FOSIL, SIES, the Historical Society and others. The Board approved a plan
for managing activities at the keeper’s house next summer that will involve part time work for
two islanders.

On the construction side, the first priority is work on the oceanside porch. The next step will be to
install a bathroom and kitchen downstairs. Other possibilities include work on the upstairs of the
keeper’s house, more work on the oil house and bell house, and some landscaping. On trails, we
have a grant application pending to complete the final loop of the trail on the Burying Point side
of Hockamock Head. If all goes well, that work should be underway in July.

Stay tuned. Watch out for the launch of the FOSIL website in March.

What Visitors Have To Say

What a magic place. Sun and moon glinting off the water. The lighthouse beam in the trees, the sound of a gentle surf when the tide is in. The bellbuoy ringing in the channel. Wonderful sunsets …

- Mike and Kathy, Sept. 2019

The view out our window - moonlight on the ocean, porpoises, giant owls - plus the sound of the gong, and the wild berries…truly a special experience.

- Rebecca and Rich, August 2019

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

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