Keeper’s House and Tower Closed for the Season

The buildings at the Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station, also sometimes called the Swan’s Island Lighthouse, are closed for the season as of September 10, 2016. Although the buildings are closed, the park and the trails will remain open until the road is closed due to ice and snow.

We are happy to report a very successful 12 week season, with more than 2000 visitors to the keeper’s house and about half that number visiting the tower and climbing to the lantern room.

The Historical Society exhibit, “A Living from the Sea: Swan’s Island 1850-1950,” garnered lots of attention and many favorable comments. As often happens (and we love it), folks with personal memories of the events covered in the exhibit added comments and explanations. The exhibit will be preserved as part of the Historical Society’s records.

Our restoration continues! We made lots of progress this summer. An apartment upstairs in the keeper’s house is almost ready. We expect to begin renting it next summer. Details about rental arrangements will be posted on the website as soon as they are available.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered, visited, contributed, and/or worked this summer at the Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station!

What Visitors Have To Say

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

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

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

- Ted and Carol, August 12, 2017

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

- Barbara, August 18, 2017

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

- Edith, April 20, 2016

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

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